Israeli court rejects US activist’s family lawsuit


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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.

The bulldozer driver has said he didn’t see 23-year-old Rachel Corrie, a pro-Palestinian activist who was trying to block the vehicle’s path during a demonstration in the Gaza Strip against the military’s demolition of Palestinian homes.

The military deemed her March 2003 death an accident, but Corrie’s parents said the driver acted recklessly and filed a civil lawsuit two years later.

Explaining the district court’s ruling, Judge Oded Gershon said Corrie “put herself in a dangerous situation” and called her death “the result of an accident she brought upon herself.” He said the military conducted a proper investigation and rejected the Corrie family’s request for a symbolic $1 in damages and legal expenses.

Corrie’s family, who flew in from the U.S. for the verdict, lamented the court’s ruling.

“We are of course, deeply saddened and deeply troubled by what we heard today,” said her mother,Cindy Corrie of Olympia, Washington. “I believe this was a bad day. Not only for our family but for human rights, the rule of law, and also for the country of Israel.”

The family said it was strongly considering an appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court, but wanted to read the full verdict before making a final decision.

Corrie’s sister, Sarah, held up a picture of her sister lying lifeless in bulldozer tracks. The family’s lawyer, Hussein Abu Hussein pointed at it: “How did the bulldozer not see her?” he asked. To say that the driver did not see her “is lies to the living and also lies to the dead.”

Following the verdict, the Israeli state prosecutor’s office called Corrie’s death a “tragic accident” but noted the court exonerated the military of “any blame for negligence.” It said it had presented three investigations that found the driver could not have seen Corrie, and noted that the driver acted in a “a military action in the course of war.”

“The work was done while exercising maximum caution and prudence and without the ability to foresee harming anyone,” it said.

The home demolitions were part of an unsuccessful campaign to halt thousands of attacks on soldiers and Jewish settlers in southern Gaza, along the border with Egypt, in the preceding 3 ½ years. On the day Rachel Corrie died, she and other activists had entered a closed military zone to protest the demolition policy.

According to the U.N. agency handling Palestinian refugees, the military had left more than 17,000 Gazans homeless in the four years after a Palestinian uprising against Israel erupted in September 2000. The demolitions drew international condemnation at the time.

In her death, Corrie became the embodiment of what Palestinian activists say is Israel’s harsh repression of nonviolent protest to occupation. Israel says by entering conflict zones to try to interfere with military activities, activists recklessly choose to risk their lives.

Her parents have relentlessly pursued her case since going to court in 2005 after a military investigation cleared the driver.

They say they have spent $200,000 to fly in witnesses, attend 15 hearings and translate more than 2,000 pages of court transcripts.

At the news conference, Cindy Corrie read a passage from one of her daughter’s letters, biting her lip as her husband, grim-faced, held a microphone for her.

“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.”

The Corrie case was the first civil lawsuit of a foreigner harmed by Israel’s military to conclude in a full civilian trial. Others have resulted in out-of-court settlements.

  1. #1 by Naeem on August 28, 2012 - 4:05 pm

    RIP Rachel corrie a woman who had more courage than all the fat arab dictators and the satanic israeli’s put together.

  2. #2 by Sam.R on August 28, 2012 - 4:34 pm

    Seriously people !, Did anyone expect those basterd”s to come up with any other finding, Jesus was peace activist too. Look what they did to him,

  3. #3 by CK on August 28, 2012 - 4:57 pm

    I posted comments on Alex Jones’ Prison Planet and Infowars message boards and I was amazed at the number of posters who blamed Rachel for her own death, spouting the usual Old Testament BS. More and more I’m coming to realize that the Old Testament is nothing more than a bunch of Bronze Age fairy tales written by a bunch of delusional sheepherders who heard voices in their heads. If it inspires such savagery and barbarism toward their fellow human beings, how can it be worthy of veneration? It should be consigned to the trashcan of history.

  4. #4 by Ingrid B on August 28, 2012 - 5:32 pm

    Rachel is a martyr, for Palestine, her legend will live on..

  5. #5 by Gabreal Jones on August 28, 2012 - 5:47 pm

    The picture above is the wellknown all-telling image of Rachel Corrie after she was crucified / run over by this bulldoser driver of the Synagoge of Satan. He laughed his ass off sadistically after he killed Rachel.

    There is an image showing Rachel Resurrected in Heaven. Please put this Beautiful Bild on TUT, Mark. It will inspire all how to bulldose the bilderbergers etc. away :

    http://www.pugetsound.edu/news-and-events/campus-news/details/489/

    CIA O

  6. #6 by 30.06 on August 28, 2012 - 6:32 pm

  7. #7 by 30.06 on August 28, 2012 - 6:33 pm

  8. #8 by 30.06 on August 28, 2012 - 7:08 pm

  9. #9 by owainglyndwr1416 on August 28, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=09f_1187909555

    The Driver was punching the air.. Sickening.

  10. #10 by on August 28, 2012 - 11:46 pm

    The driver(s) of the D-9 killdozer knew that human-rights activists were standing in-front of the home-demolishing machines, all the time, just as they knew that Rachel was in front of the bulldozer, that time, when they deliberately ran her over, and backed over her again, by dragging the steel scoop.

    By giving amoral license to kill, and by protecting murderers, all the israeli politicians, military, rabbis and judges are guilty of this crime, as is every israeli, unless they speak out for justice.

    A nation of murderers.

    Sin number = void.

  11. #11 by Gary on August 29, 2012 - 12:01 am

    Nothing but cold blooded murder- a trait the filthy jews are well known for.

  12. #12 by bigcree1 on August 29, 2012 - 12:02 am

    I recall watching a YT video showing the driver sitting in the bulldozer laughing hysterically after running Rachel over, TWICE! Of course the Youtube Censors of Jewish supremacism would not want the world to see it and it has since vanished. Rachel was a martyr and her memory will not be in vain.

  13. #13 by Kelly on August 29, 2012 - 1:26 am

    By Richard Jones

    If you once thought
    that when you crushed her bones
    and stopped her mouth with sand and stone
    murder would bring silence,
    then think again.

    If you once counted
    on distance in time and space
    to wear away the memory and in its place
    leave blank acceptance,
    then think again.

    If you once believed
    that your great lie could hold
    back the tide until by virtue of its growing old
    it could be taken for the truth,
    then think again.

    See how proudly she breasts
    a merciful sea,
    defiant of your tanks and jets and mines,
    laden with the best in all of us,
    full of love for Palestine.
    ~~~~ ~~~~ ~~~~
    For the bravest of them all, Rachel Corrie ♥

  14. #14 by amerikagulag on August 29, 2012 - 2:26 pm

    So the fox investigated the killings in the hen house and came up with a verdict that the hens were guilty of their own slaughter. Jews hold themselves above all reproach.

    The torah and the talmud are weapons of mass destruction and their adherents are enemies of humanity.

  15. #15 by Ingrid B on August 29, 2012 - 5:41 pm

    Does anyone know how many Palestinians have been bulldozed to death?

  16. #16 by Mahmoud El-Yousseph on August 29, 2012 - 6:25 pm

    RIP Princess Rachel Corrie.

    The first time the Old Glory flew over Gaza, Palestine, was in honor of the young and brave American, Rachel Corrie who gave her life so Palestinian will have a roof over their heads and the rest of the world knew about their pain and suffering. Thank You Rachel Corrie!

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