U.S.: Israeli probe into Rachel Corrie’s death wasn’t ‘credible’

Craig and Cindy Corrie in Washington in 2003, with photographs of their daughter, Rachel.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro tells Corrie family that Israel’s investigation into their daughter’s death was unsatisfactory; family is in Israel awaiting verdict in civil suit against Israeli government.

Israel’s investigation into the death of American activist Rachel Corrie was not satisfactory, and wasn’t as thorough, credible or transparent as it should have been, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told the Corrie family this week.

The bereaved family − parents Craig and Cindy, and sister Sarah − are in Israel awaiting the verdict in the civil suit they had filed two years ago against the State of Israel over their daughter’s death. The ruling by the Haifa District Court is expected on Tuesday.

The U.S. government’s position is not new to the Corries, but their attorneys said that hearing it only a few days before the verdict was “important and encouraging,” because it signals to the Corrie family that the U.S. government will continue to demand a full accounting from Israel about their daughter’s killing, regardless of how Judge Oded Gershon rules.

 In 2002 Rachel Corrie joined a group of International Solidarity Movement activists who had been living among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, in areas that were subject to Israel Defense Forces incursions and attacks.

In Rafah, where Corrie spent the last few weeks of her life, the activists wanted to demonstrate against the systematic destruction of Palestinian homes for what the IDF called operational purposes.

On the afternoon of March 16, 2003, an IDF Caterpillar bulldozer crushed Corrie to death, when she and her friends were standing in front of it to prevent what they believed was the planned demolition of two occupied homes.

The IDF claimed that Corrie’s death was an accident, and that the driver of the bulldozer never saw her.

In 2005, after the military prosecutor closed the file, the family filed a civil suit against the Israeli government, accusing it of being responsible for Corrie’s death and for not conducting a full and credible investigation. The state responded that the IDF bulldozer driver had never seen Corrie, that she should not have been in a battle zone, and that the Military Police investigation had not found any violations of the law.

In May 2011, when Shapiro was questioned by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee before his appointment as ambassador to Israel, he repeated the administration’s position regarding the Israeli investigation.

Sen. John Kerry asked Shapiro what steps the embassy, under his administration, would take that would be in keeping with the remarks of State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley. On June 30, 2010 Crowley had said, “We continue to stress to the government of Israel at the highest levels, to continue a thorough, transparent and credible investigation of the circumstances concerning [Corrie’s] death.”

Shapiro responded: “For seven years, we have pressed the government of Israel at the highest levels to conduct a thorough, transparent and credible investigation of the circumstances of her death. The government of Israel has responded that it considers this case closed and does not plan on reinvestigating the incident.”

Shapiro then noted that the case had gone to court in March 2010 and said, “We hope this venue will finally provide [the Corries] with the answers they seek. We will continue to work with and assist the Corrie family as appropriate.”

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

    Just as the activists on the Mavi Marmara were targeted for assassination, with booklets full of mugshots handed out to the soldiers — the israeli military regime also very likely ordered for an activist just like Rachel, to be crushed.

  2. #2 by Mahmoud El-Yousseph on 08/29/2012 - 9:34

    Rachel was holding a billhorn and wearing a florecent jacket.
    The soldier did hear her talking to him via the billhorn, in fact
    according the eyewitness he flipped the finger to her.

    That cold-blooded murderor has to be a blind and deaf not to see Rachel.
    Truth is: he did ran over her twice with the 10,000 ton maching with the sole intention
    to kill her.

    Israel get a wellfare check of 15 million dollars /aday/365 days/year from Uninted States of America. It is time to cut Israel off the nipple and tell her, ” you on your own, bitch!”

    RIP Princess Rachel!

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

    I can`t think of a single instance, when the parasites have done one single thing, asked of them, by their “best friends”..

  4. #4 by Gary on 08/29/2012 - 9:34

    Our zionist government must have an ulterior motive in this case. My instincts tell me that the outcome is exactly what Shapiro and the rest of his jew cronies wanted. One need only to remember our zionist goverments response to the coldblooded execution of an American boy on the Mavi Marmara by the israeli terrorists

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

    Just imagine if Rachel Corrie happened to be a Jewish activists who got run over by a bulldozer in Syria

  6. #6 by B.Benhamid on 08/29/2012 - 9:34

    Lest we forget: Zionism and its supporters will bring this Nation down to its knees unless we do something about it and fast.

  7. #7 by MJ on 08/29/2012 - 9:34

    Mahmoud El-Yousseph I saw the video of that beautiful soul’s death.
    I also saw the activism of the parents what a beautiful family and if only earth was populated by such people……….
    May they receive justice for their daughter’s death.

  8. #8 by Amy Aremia on 08/29/2012 - 9:34

    Time to put a stop to Israeli’s terrorism—-time to stop the Billions of our tax money we give yearly to
    israel—we need that money to take care of our own nation.

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

    I wish the Corrie family were not so polite and instead go on the verbal warpath against all of Israel’s crimes against humanity. They are in a position to be heard by millions and could do a lot to expose the Jews. But I am afraid they will continue to be polite, not wanting to offend anyone. This approach won’t get us anywhere.

  10. #10 by CK on 08/30/2012 - 9:34

    I continue to be amazed by the mean-spirited comments by certain people posting on Infowars. Rachel was responsible for her own death. She was playing chicken with a bulldozer. What did she expect? God created Israel! He will smite Israel’s enemies! The subject of Israel brings out the “lunatic” in a lot of people. They spit out Old Testament verses like bullets to justify the worst Israeli atrocities.

  11. #11 by wad on 08/30/2012 - 9:34

    damn right patty.

    we need to step it up big time

  12. #12 by Al on 08/30/2012 - 9:34

    Israel is not an average or normal country… It is run like Mafia Gang. All government politicians, military and even their justice system are united and support each other in their crime.

    They call themselves civilized and number one democracy in the Middle East, but in reality we witness the worst crimes, lack of justice and ethics in all sectors of this country…

  13. #13 by on 08/30/2012 - 9:34

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