Thayer Hastings

Thayer Hastings (Alternative Information Center - AIC): Thayer received his BA degree in International Studies with a focus on Human Rights and the Middle East at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, and graduated in June of 2011. After graduation, Thayer worked as a research assistant on human rights at an international development consulting firm, Williamsworks. He also contributed regularly to Real Change, a street newspaper based in Seattle, and interned in South Africa. After his fellowship Thayer wrote: “My fellowship with the AIC has exposed me to the application of grassroots organizing and information dissemination. AIC's advocacy work is natural, extremely well connected and morally honed. I have had the opportunity to utilize the AIC's network and reputation in order to deepen my understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and develop my writing skills. The broad issues and experiences I have encountered through my fellowship will have lasting impressions on my continuing work on Palestinian human rights issues.”


29 Aug

In the past three days I had the opportunity to interview the family of Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003, and towitness the verdict of the civil lawsuit the family filed in 2005.


From left to right: Sarah, Craig and Cindy Corrie await the Judge’s verdict
From left to right: Sarah, Craig and Cindy Corrie await the Judge’s verdict


The family scheduled back-to-back interviews all day Sunday of which mine for the Alternative Information Center was second: after the Jerusalem Post and before the Associated Press. Set in the extravagantly decorated American Colony in Jerusalem and surrounded by lush gardens the mood was anticipatory; the Corries have been engaged in an almost 10-year diplomatic and legal process since Rachel’s death on 16 March 2003.

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Posted By Thayer Hastings

Posted Aug 29th, 2012