Israel judge rules Rachel Corrie responsible for her own death

Family of Rachel Corrie in Israel court

Parents of American activist Rachel Corrie fail in their attempt to place blame on Israel after their daughter was killed by a bulldozer in Gaza at a protest.

Nine years after their daughter was crushed by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip, the parents of American activist Rachel Corrie lost their legal bid Tuesday to hold Israel responsible for her death and force authorities to reopen the investigation.

A Haifa judge rejected the parent’s negligence lawsuit, calling Corrie’s death an accident that she brought upon herself by refusing to leave what had been declared a closed military zone. “It was a very regrettable accident and not a deliberate act,” said Judge Oded Gershon.

Family members vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court and accused the Israeli government of covering up the truth.

“I believe this was a bad day not only for our family, but for human rights, for humanity, for the rule of law, and also for the country of Israel,” said Cindy Corrie, Rachel’s mother, after the verdict was announced.

The court rejected the family’s request for a symbolic $1 in damages and legal expenses.

Members of the Corrie family, who live in Olympia, Wash., have traveled to Israel for sporadic hearings over the last two years, listening to graphic testimony about how Rachel Corrie, then 23, was run over by a slow-moving bulldozer in Rafah near the border with Egypt.

Corrie, a college student, traveled to Gaza with the group International Solidarity Movement to act as a human shield to prevent Israeli soldiers from demolishing Palestinian homes and farms.

During the trial, the Israeli bulldozer driver, who was never identified, testified that he did not see Corrie standing in front of his vehicle. He ran over the young woman, than backed up and drove over her a second time, witnesses said.

Activists testified that the driver must have seen Corrie, who was wearing a fluorescent orange jacket and standing just a few feet away. They said it appeared Corrie became trapped in the dirt and debris and was unable to escape at the last moment.

The court agreed with an Israeli military investigation that concluded that the driver’s field of vision was limited, and blamed Corrie and other activists for putting themselves in harm’s way.

“She did not move away as any reasonable person would have done,” Gershon ruled. “But she chose to endanger herself … and thus found her death.”

Sarah Corrie Simpson, a sister, said Rachel was exercising her civil rights to observe and protest against Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

“Rachel was a non-violent peace activist protecting a home with a family in it from being destroyed,” Simpson said. “That’s a right protected under international law. Our family is very proud of Rachel for standing up for rights of that family.”

The Corries, who filed suit in 2005, argued in court that the military should have suspended the bulldozing operations until the civilian protesters had been removed from the area.

They called the initial military inquiry a “whitewash” and accused the Israeli government of withholding key video evidence during the trial. The parents suspect their daughter was deliberately run over, but say even if it was an accident, they wanted to call upon the Israeli government to accept some responsibility and apologize.

No charges or disciplinary actions were brought against anyone involved.

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv declined to comment in response to the court ruling Tuesday.

Civil rights groups say Palestinians and their supporters often face legal hurdles in cases brought against Israeli soldiers. According to a report last year by the Israeli civil-rights group Yesh Din, only 3.5% of complaints alleging crimes committed against Palestinians by Israeli security forces end with an indictment.

Bill Van Esveld, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, said the ruling sets a worrisome precedent that suggests soldiers are immune from responsibility for harming civilians in a war zone.

“There are civilians in every conflict and the military needs to take precautions to protect them,” he said.

  1. #1 by Cheryl D. Uzamere on 08/29/2012 - 9:34

    What a shame. At the same time that Israel put an American woman to death, she is bitching that the U.S. government should release Israeli-American spy Jonathan Pollard. Isn’t Jonathan Pollard responsible for spying on the United States? As far as I know, no one made him spy on the U.S.

    As long as the U.S. government puts her tongue up Israel’s ass, she will continue to eat shit.

  2. #2 by lolathecur on 08/29/2012 - 9:34

    Bless this brave young lady and her family. May she rest in peace. Zionist animals are a threat to us all, wake up because you are next. Your country has been completely taken over by them.

  3. #3 by on 08/29/2012 - 9:34

    Hasbara troll gets destroyed and has nothing to defend the in-defensible on Charles Giuliani’s August 28, 2012, show:

    “…both are the result of hundreds of years of persecution and demonization, from the type that people like you continue vomiting even today. And the Jews should be happy and proud they have their own state today, so whenever they see the filth spread against them by people like you, they can do the opposite of what I’m doing now and say “who gives a fuck?” and continue living their lives, developing and advancing the world, inventing new technologies, promoting health, education, science, and everything that Jews do way better than anyone else.”

    This is what these “people” truly believe, and this represents the greatest threat that the human-race has ever faced.


  4. #4 by Mahmoud El-Yousseph on 08/29/2012 - 9:34

    So were the sailer aboard the USS – Liberty who were murdered in cold blood.
    Israel get away with it then, and she gets away with crushing Rachel Corrie to death.

    To add insult to the injury, Israel did recieve yesterday a wellfare check from the US treasury Dep. of the amount of $15,000..000. It is the same amoutn Israel does get daily from curtiousy of your and my tax-dollars.

    RIP Princess Rachel!

  5. #5 by The Equalizer on 08/29/2012 - 9:34

    Rachel Corrie’s family should immediately try and find a U.S. attorney to sue the State of Israel in the United States under the same laws that 9/11 victims sued the Republic of Iran (bogusly) for being “involved” and “responsible” for that Israeli “false flag’ operation. In that case you actually had a judge (was he jewish?) find Iran responsible and ordered to pay the “victims” 5+ Billion dollars. Jeez, will the insanity never end?

  6. #6 by Cheryl D. Uzamere on 08/29/2012 - 9:34

    Typical Jew-Gutter mentality — no different than a pedophile. The pedophile goes around and rips open the anuses of so many children. When his ass is caught, the starts crying “I was raped.”

    EuropeanJews are not the only people who have been persecuted. If fact, you own people’s religion played a heavy role in persecuting my people. If you don’t believe it, note the following that I found at a JEWISH website (

    From: Julius Lester <lester@…
    Date: Thu, 1 Sep 1994 02:56:10 -0400
    Subject: Racism and the curse of Ham

    In Mail-Jewish, Vol. 15, No. 15, Marc Shapiro's post on Judaism and
    Racism included the following:

    In 1992 a book was published by a leading member of the Satmar community entitled Artzot Ha-Hayyim. On p. 52 he explains, and quotes other rabbis, that the reason Abraham Lincoln was killed was because he freed the blacks. this is also the reason why Kennedy was killed, i.e. because he was good to the blacks. He continues by saying that this will be the fate of any who adopt a progressive attitude towards blacks, because they are meant to be enslaved. His source for this is Ham's curse.

    The sources are several:

    (1) The Legends of the Jews – Ginzburg, Vol. 1, p. 169:

    "The descendants of Ham through Canaan therefore have red eyes, because Ham looked upon the nakedness of his father; they have misshapen lips, because Ham spoke with his lips to his brothers about the unseemly condition of his father; they have twisted curly hair, because Ham turned and twisted his head round to see the nakedness of his father; and they go about naked, because Ham did not cover the nakedness of his father. Thus he was requited, for it is the way of G-d to mete out punishment measure for measure."

    (2) Midrash Rabbah (Soncino) Vol. 1, p. 293:

    "AND HE SAID: CURSED BE CANAAN (Breishit 9:25): (Commentary omitted)…R. Huna also said in R. Joseph's name: You [i.e. Noah is speaking to Ham) have prevented me from doing something in the dark [i.e. cohabiting with his wife], therefore your seed will be ugly and dark-skinned. R. Chiyya said: Ham and the dog copulated in the Ark, therefore Ham came forth
    black-skinned while the dog publicly exposed its copulation."

    (3) T. Sanhedrin (Soncino), p. 745, 108b:

    "Our Rabbis taught: Three copulated in the ark, and they were all punished – the dog, the raven and Ham. The dog was doomed to be tied, the raven expectorates [his seed into his mate's mouth], and Ham was smitten in his skin." (This is footnoted and the footnote reads: "I.e., from him was descended Cush (the negro), who is black-skinned."

    (4) THE TORAH ANTHOLOGY (translation of Me'am Lo'ez), Vol. 1, p. 392-3:

    "Ham received five punishments:

    1. Because he looked at his naked father, his eyes became red, always appearing bloodshot.
    2. Because he mocking told his brothers about his father's condition, his lips were made thick and gross, like those of a Negro.
    3. Because he turned his head to see his father, the hair of his head and beard became kinky.
    4. Because he did not cover his father, it was decreed that he always go naked. We thus see that slaves in Egypt go naked. They even did so in Egypt. This was not because of poverty, since it is impossible to imagine that none of them would have enough money to buy clothing. The reason is that they live in a hot, damp climate, and it is very uncomfortable to wear clothing. The reason for this is their geographical location, since the Hamatic tribes live in tropical climes. It was this curse that caused them to live there. They must therefore go naked and become blacked by the sun. The fifth curse will be discussed later."

    I was not able to find the discussion of the fifth curse.

    The curse of Ham was something I learned of as a child and could not understand its origin from the words in Genesis. The curse of Ham was widely used by slave owners in the South to justify the enslavement of blacks. In my studies of slavery I was unable to find the basis. Only
    when I began studying Torah and various commentaries did I find the source. Somehow the rabbinic commentaries made their way into Christian culture and became an underpinning for anti-black racism.

    Marc Shapiro writes: How to defeat racism? Torah is obviously not the answer since so many
    Jews who spend their whole lives immersed in Torah are racists."

    Even now the white-skinned, European Jews persecute the dark-skinned Ethiopean Jews. There are still people who fall that stupid Jew trick "I was persecuted during the Holocaust, I was persecuted in Europe, when I walk the in street, the streetlights persecute me, I opened a bag of potato chips and they persecuted me." That may make some people feel sorry for you, BUT NOT ME. Every race has a sad story — not just the Jews. And if the Jewish god has nothing to offer goyim, most of us don't like you OR your god. And like you, the rest of the world says "Fuck you." That why Ha Shem has ensured that for the rest of your miserable lives you will alway wondering who likes you. We continue to survive without Jews, because we fuckin' don't need you. When you get a chance, that that Jew-spy Jonathan Pollard that I hope he never gets out. The last people who need Hamite-enslaving Jews are my people.

  7. #7 by Lydia on 08/30/2012 - 9:34

    Cheryl D, excellent post. Google Fr James Meagher’s e Book “Religions of the World” he goes into exactly that explanation, the curse (Ham’s descendents) and blessings (Sem’s descendents) of Noah’s sons, and how some settled into different parts of the world. The problem is that the Ashkenazim, liars that they are, “claim” to be descendents of Sem, which they are not.

  8. #8 by John on 08/30/2012 - 9:34

    And Jews wonder why they are internationally despised. What a travesty of justice! But did anyone expect anything different?

    ““…both are the result of hundreds of years of persecution and demonization, from the type that people like you continue vomiting even today.”

    Ah, shut the hell-up! We’re tired of your fictional tales of persecution! If you are demonized, it’s because your tribe DESERVES IT!


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