Parents of Rachel Corrie in Tampa to get United Methodists to divest from Caterpillar

04/25/12 Seán Kinane
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Cindy and Craig Corrie, parents of late peace activist Rachel Corrie, are in Tampa to try to convince the United Methodist Church General Conference to divest from three companies profiting from the Israeli occupation.


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My Last Call guests are Cindy and Craig Corrie; in March 2003 their daughter, Rachel Corrie was killed in the Gaza Strip when she was run over by a Caterpillar bulldozer being driven by a member of the Israeli military.

They’re in Tampa this week to attend the United Methodist Church General Conference. A group called United Methodist Kairos Response will be asking the United Methodist Church’s General Conference in Tampa to divest from companies supplying the Israeli occupation: Caterpillar, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard.

We spoke about what Rachel was doing in the Gaza Strip in 2003, how she was killed and the response of the American government. And about their civil lawsuit against the Israeli military – there may be a decision this summer.

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