Israel Sued For ‘Intentional’ Killing Of Rachel Corrie

An armored Caterpillar D9R Bulldozer used by the IDF. Photo: MathKnight

An armored Caterpillar D9R Bulldozer used by the IDF. Photo: MathKnight

From Middle East Online:

The family of US activist Rachel Corrie, run over by an Israeli bulldozer during a demonstration in Gaza in 2003, will sue Tel Aviv over her death, their lawyer said on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old killed at the height of the 2000 Palestinian intifada, or uprising, became an symbol of foreign support for the Palestinian cause and the subject of a 2005 play based on her emails and diary.

“The state should take responsibility for the death of Rachel Corrie. We believe her killing was done intentionally or at least out of negligence and wrongdoing,” Hussein Abu Hussein, the family’s lawyer, said.

The family will be travelling to Israel for the trial, which will start March 10, Abu Hussein said.

Israel has allowed four activists who witnessed the incident to return to testify. The Palestinian doctor who pronounced Corrie dead has been summoned by the court but has not yet been given a permit to leave Gaza, he added.

Activists who witnessed Corrie’s death said she and others were acting as human shields to prevent a house demolition in the Gaza border town of Rafah for more than two hours and were clearly visible to the bulldozer driver.

“The whole time she was wearing a fluorescent jacket, as were her friends, and she had a megaphone,” Abu Hussein said.

The Israeli military closed its own investigation into the matter in 2003 without taking any disciplinary action, saying the bulldozer crew could not see Corrie because she was behind a mound of rubble…

[continues at Middle East Online]

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  • 5by5

    I'm inclined to think that bulldozing someone is intentional. But I'm funny like that.

  • supermx3

    after running caterpillar dozers of all sizes from d3 to d11 i can tell you its easy to lose someone and not be able to see them

  • supermx3

    after running caterpillar dozers of all sizes from d3 to d11 i can tell you its easy to lose someone and not be able to see them

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