Native Iowans Cindy and Craig Corrie are the parents of human rights activist and observer Rachel Corrie who, on March 16, 2003, was killed by an Israeli military Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in the Gaza Strip as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home. Motivated by their daughter's work and example, the Corries have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of justice and peace in the Middle East and have made numerous visits to the region, spending time in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Egypt, and Turkey.

The Corries have continued to seek accountability in the case of their daughter’s 2003 death and to challenge U.S. foreign policy in Palestine-Israel through efforts with the U.S. Congress, U.S. Departments of State and Justice, the Israeli Government, the Israeli and U.S. court systems, and at the corporate headquarters of Caterpillar, Inc.

The Corries spoke in Des Moines at an AFSC event on December 5, 2011. Video courtesy Des Moines videographer Rodger Routh.

Author: 
Kathleen McQuillen