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Topic - Rachel Corrie
An Israeli court ruled Tuesday that the military was not at fault for killing a U.S. activist crushed by an army bulldozer during a 2003 demonstration, rejecting a lawsuit filed by her parents.
Controversy has dogged Shepherdstown, W. Va., ever since the Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) announced its intention to perform "My Name is Rachel Corrie" this season at Shepherd University's Studio Theater.
The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) and the Shepherd University art department have embarked on an ambitious multiyear effort to build a new Center for the Contemporary Arts. The finished complex could rival the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Center in size and sophistication. There's just one problem: The choice of a politically polarizing play for this summer's festival lineup could unwittingly imperil funding and set back this ambitious project.
"Life is very difficult. Human beings can be kind, brave and strong, even in the most difficult of circumstances," Rachel Corrie wrote. "Thank you for existing, for showing how good people can be, despite great hardship."
Corrie, and noted that the driver acted in a "a military action in the course of war."