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article imageRachel Corrie murder case finally goes to court

By Andre C James     Oct 22, 2010 in World
After many years of anguish and the need for justice, a civil lawsuit filed by Corrie’s parents on the state of Israel has finally brought the matter to court.
Seven years ago on March 16, 2003, an American peace activist, Rachel Corrie, was crushed to death in Gaza, by a bulldozer driven by an Israeli Defence Force soldier (IDF) intent on demolishing Palestinian homes. Rachel and seven other peace activists with the International Solidarity Movement were trying to deter the IDF from bulldozing Palestinian homes by physically blocking the path of the bulldozers.
The IDF soldier was initially cleared of any wrongdoing by an IDF military hearing, claiming that the death was an accident and that Corrie was partially concealed behind a mound of dirt. The pictures (see below) tell a very different story.
Picture taken between 3:00-4:00PM on 16 March 2003  Rafah  Occupied Gaza. A clearly marked Rachel Co...
Picture taken between 3:00-4:00PM on 16 March 2003, Rafah, Occupied Gaza. A clearly marked Rachel Corrie, holding a megaphone, confronts the driver of one of two Israeli bulldozers in the area that were attempting to demolish Palestinian homes. She was confronting the bulldozer in order to disrupt its work, and prevent it from threatening any homes. Photo by Joseph Smith
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Picture taken at 4:45PM on 16 March 2003  Rafah  Occupied Gaza. Other peace activists tend to Rachel...
Picture taken at 4:45PM on 16 March 2003, Rafah, Occupied Gaza. Other peace activists tend to Rachel after she was fatally injured by the driver of the Israeli bulldozer (in background). This photo was taken seconds after the bulldozer driver dragged his blade over her for the second time while reversingback over her body.
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Picture taken at 4:47PM on 16 March 2003  Rafah  Occupied Gaza. Rachel Corrie lies on the ground fat...
Picture taken at 4:47PM on 16 March 2003, Rafah, Occupied Gaza. Rachel Corrie lies on the ground fatally injured by the Israeli bulldozer driver. Rachel's fellow activists have dug her a little out of the sand and are trying to keep her neck straight due to spinal injury. Photo by Joseph Smith
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The yet-to-be-named IDF soldier will give evidence behind a screen so that his identity is concealed. An Israeli judged ruled that revealing the soldiers identity will place his life in danger.
Corrie’s mom, Cindy Corrie, said in an interview in Jerusalem last week; "I'll be grateful at least to be able to hear [the bulldozer driver's] words but I won't get the complete picture and I'll be disappointed by that,"
"They've said it's the security of the witnesses they are trying to protect. I can understand it would be uncomfortable for the soldiers to have to see us, but I can't understand how our family is a threat to their security.”
Corrie’s sister, Sarah Corrie Simpson, said: "Ultimately the individual had the ability to stop that act. However if you only hold responsible the individual, you're losing the broader context of what's going on. You have to look at the chain of command and what sort of orders were being given at that time."
The case is expected to end early next year. The Corries are seeking a symbolic $1 compensation.
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