Rachel Corrie denied justice from murderous Israeli state

Rachel Corrie’s death was an accident, Israeli judge rules

American Peace Activist Killed By Israeli Bulldozer[Rachel Corrie in an interview with Saudi Arabian television on 14 March 2003, two days before she was killed. Photograph: Lorenzo Scaraggi/Getty Images]

Judge finds no fault in military investigation that cleared defence force of responsibility for protester being killed by bulldozer

in Haifa

guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 28 August 2012

The death of the pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie was not caused by the negligence of the Israeli state or army, a judge has ruled, dismissing a civil lawsuit brought by the family.

Corrie’s death was an accident for which the state of Israel was not responsible, said the judge at Haifa district court.

There had been no fault in the internal Israeli military investigation clearing the driver of the bulldozer that crushed Corrie to death in March 2003 of any blame. The judge said the driver had not seen the young American activist.

Corrie could have saved herself by moving out of the zone of danger as any reasonable person would have done, said Judge Oded Gershon. He ruled that no compensation would be paid and the family would not have to pay costs of the case.

After the ruling was read out by the judge, the family’s lawyer, Hussein Abu Hussein, said: “We knew from the beginning that we had an uphill battle to get truthful answers and justice. But we are concerned that this verdict denies the strong evidence and contradicts the principles of international law.” Continue reading

Stop the Delivery of New Caterpillar Bulldozers to Israel – What You Can Do

Center for Constitutional Rights

Earlier this week, Israeli media reported that Caterpillar is suspending the delivery of tens of D9 bulldozers – valued at $50 million – to the Israeli military. This represents a significant step towards holding Israel accountable for its use of Caterpillar
bulldozers, which are provided at U.S. taxpayer expense as military aid, to commit human rights violations.

This news comes in the midst of a civil trial in Israel brought by the family of Rachel Corrie, an American student activist, who was crushed to death in 2003 by a Caterpillar D9R bulldozer while nonviolently protecting a Palestinian home from demolition by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in Rafah, Gaza.  To read CCR staff attorney Katherine Gallagher’s blogs from the trial last week, please click here <http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=192744> and here.
<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vincent-warren/live-from-the-corrie-tria_b_772735.html&gt; Continue reading