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Iran to name street for Rachel Corrie

by Dan Klein, JTA

August 11, 2011 | 12:42 pm

Rachel Corrie Street. The Ramallah municipality dedicated a street to Rachel Corrie, March 16. Photo from ISM Palestine

Rachel Corrie Street. The Ramallah municipality dedicated a street to Rachel Corrie, March 16. Photo from ISM Palestine

Tehran’s City Council reportedly will name a street for Rachel Corrie, the Jewish-American pro-Palestinian activist who was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer in Gaza.

Thursday’s edition of Hamshari, a daily paper affiliated with the city government, reported that the council had decided to rename a street Rachel Aliene Corrie.

Corrie was a 23-year-old student from Washington state who was killed while attempting to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes. In 2010, an Irish-flagged ship in the so-called Gaza flotilla named the Rachel Corrie was stopped by the Israeli Navy.

The Corrie street will be the first street in Iran named for a U.S. national since the 1979 revolution. Prior to the revolution, at least three main streets in Tehran were named for ex-U.S. presidents.

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