Anonymous: I Killed Rachel Corrie – A Poem

I killed Rachel Corrie.


I never heard of her
but I paid my taxes,
so I killed Rachel Corrie.

I built the bulldozer
and trained the driver
and gave the orders
that took her life,
so I killed Rachel Corrie.

I went to watch my team play a big game
and to have a few drinks with them afterwards
instead of reading what Rachel wrote
and hearing what she said,
so I killed Rachel Corrie.

I go to church on Sunday
and attend Friday prayers
and keep Shabbat holy
but mustn’t upset my community
with painful questions,
so I killed Rachel Corrie.

I attend dialog groups
and hear both sides
and give them equal weight
as did my forefathers
to the Japanese and the Ainu
the Roman and the Gaul
the European and the Choctaw
the White and the Black
the Nazi and the Jew
and the Israeli and the Palestinian,
so I killed Rachel Corrie.

I write letters
to newspapers and elected officials
and I demonstrate outside their offices
and I donate to human rights groups
and to send humanitarian aid
and I support nonviolence
and I boycott and divest and sanction,
so I killed Rachel Corrie.

I travel to Gaza
in freedom marches
and convoys
and flotillas
and I attend conferences in Bil’in
and fly to Tel Aviv
and march to Jerusalem
and I’ve been beaten
and shot
and jailed
and expelled,
so I killed Rachel Corrie.

I resist with arms
and launch Qassams
and strap explosives to myself
and drop bombs and napalm
and white phosphorous and DIME weapons
and I kill as many as I can
of those who are the enemy
and I torture and terrify them
and their families and children
so that they know they are never safe,
so I killed Rachel Corrie.

I killed Rachel Corrie because it was not enough;
I killed Rachel Corrie because I did not drop everything and devote my life to making this stop;
I killed Rachel Corrie because I did not change the base reality of our world and I, in fact, participated in it;
I killed Rachel Corrie because I cared too much for my career and my comfort and my hobbies and my obligations and my conferences and my projects and my causes and my campaigns and my coalitions and my ideologies and my letters and my articles and my poetry;
I killed Rachel Corrie because I still really want to dance around to Pat Benatar and have boyfriends and make comics for my coworkers;
I killed Rachel Corrie because I could have been one of millions choosing to give up everything and walk in step so that our feet causes the earth to shake and the rivers to change course and the mountains to crumble and the mighty to tremble and bow to our voices as we say, “Al-Sha’ab yureed,” “Si, se puede,” “Never again,” and it will no longer matter whether we are Jews, Muslims or Christians, Arabs, Kurds, Armenians or Hebrews, immigrants or indigenous, men or women, because we are united in ending the injustice and in preventing and reversing the ethnic cleansing of one people in order to pay for the ethnic cleansing of another.

But I am not one of those millions united for justice.

So I killed Rachel Corrie


Monzer Zimmo
Ottawa, Canada

Hope is the stuff from which life is made!

About Alcanaanite

Monzer Zimmo, a Palestinian-Canadian living and working in Ottawa, Canada. Monzer is an advocate of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the peaceful creation of a bi-national-democratic state on all the territory of historic Palestine, where Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others live together as equal citizens; be and feel safe, secure, and at home.
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1 Response to Anonymous: I Killed Rachel Corrie – A Poem

  1. The only way to establish a One Democratic Palestinian State is a direct confrontation on the grounds between the Yes and the Neys. The Zionist legal system is also corrupt and requires severe action from their Mother the US whose blind support will not be in US favour in the long run.

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