Rachel Corrie was born in 1979 into a middle-class family in Olympia in the state of Washington. She became politically active on what she called 'anti-war/global justice issues', which homed in on US support for Israel against the Palestinians. In January 2003 she flew to Israel and lived with a Palestinian family in the Gaza strip, protesting against the activities of the Israeli army. In March she deliberately stood in the path of a bulldozer destroying Palestinian homes. and was crushed to death.