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March 25, 2003

GOTCHA! How Reuters transformed an accidental death into homicide

This piece by the Jewish World Review shows us that Reuters either distorted their story for an anti-Israeli perspective or was merely guilty of incompetence.
On March 16th, college friends Joe Smith and Rachel Corrie came to Gaza to protest against terrorist home demolitions as part of the former's activity with the International Solidarity Movement.

Both Joe and Rachel had studied at Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington.

Joe witnessed Rachel's tragic death late that afternoon, and described what he saw to my colleague. He recounted that h witnessed Rachel's tragic death late that afternoon, and described what he saw to my colleague.

Rachel "was sitting on a mound of earth in front of the bulldozer. The earth started to move under her when the bulldozer digs in. You have a couple of options you can roll aside --- you have to be very quick to get out of the way. You can fall back, but she leaned forward to try to climb up on top. She got pulled down, and the bulldozer lost sight of her …Then, without lifting the blade, he reversed and she was underneath the blade."

Joe Smith did not sound accusatory nor vindictive against the Israel Defense Forces bulldozer driver.

So why did the world have a different impression of what had happened?

Well, a picture is worth a thousand words.[more]