Israel Supreme Court rules against Rachel Corrie’s parents in lawsuit

The Rachel Corrie Cultural Center for Children and Youth held a vigil commemorating the death of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American activist killed a decade ago by an Israeli military bulldozer attempting to demolish a Palestinian home in the southern Gaza Strip. (Photo by Joe Catron via Flickr)
The Rachel Corrie Cultural Center for Children and Youth held a vigil commemorating the death of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American activist killed a decade ago by an Israeli military bulldozer attempting to demolish a Palestinian home in the southern Gaza Strip. (Photo by Joe Catron via Flickr)

The Israel Supreme Court has upheld a decision favoring the Israeli army in a lawsuit filed by the parents of Olympia activist Rachel Corrie, who died in the Gaza Strip in 2003 after being run over by a bulldozer, according to Israeli news organization Haaretz.

Corrie was killed when she and other pro-Palestine activists with the International Solidarity Movement tried to stop Israeli soldiers from knocking down homes in Rafah. Corrie, 23, was run over when she fell down under the military bulldozer.

The Israeli military has maintained that the bulldozer driver did not see Corrie and did not intentionally run her over. They also say the incident occurred in a combat zone.

However others at the scene have said that she was clearly visible and the other activists had yelled warnings at the driver.

However, Haaretz added that the legal proceedings may not be over. The Supreme Court ruled that additional investigation was necessary in the possible mishandling of Corrie’s body.

Her parents, Craig and Cindy Corrie of Olympia, initially lost their suit against the military in a Haifa district court in 2012. A federal lawsuit filed in the U.S. against bulldozer company Caterpillar was dismissed.

Cindy Corrie wrote in a 2012 opinion piece for The Seattle Times that the suit against the military was “not a solution, but rather a symptom of a broken system of accountability within Israel and our own U.S. government.

“I held hope that, like so many observing the trial, the judge would see that evidence warranted some criticism of the military’s actions,” she wrote in 2012.

Since Rachel Corrie’s death in 2003, she has been memorialized in a play based on her writings, and Craig and Cindy Corrie created the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, which promotes social justice projects worldwide.

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  1. Rachel corrie was a vicious anti- semite and the Israeli military was 100 percent justified in killing her; she was a strong supporter of hamas and Hezbollah and the 1 thing these radical leftists like Rachel corrie and her friends in the ism , answer coalition[communist cancer coalition] and code pink have in common with david duke pat buchannen the neo Nazi groups and the kkk is they all support the destruction of Israel, these leftists are more dishonest than the Nazis because they say they are not anti-Semitic but anti-Zionist. martin luther king jr. said it best when he said when people say they want to destroy Zionists they mean jews. BY THE WAY I AM THE SAME GUY WHO SUED STARBUCKS BECAUSE I HAVE TOURET SYNDOME WHICH MADE NEWS IN WASHINGTON STATE. PLEASE E- MAIL ME BACK. SHALOM AND HER PARENTS HAD ALOT OF CHUTZPAH TO SUE ISRAEL AFTER ALL THE HORROR SHE COMMITED AGAINST ISRAEL. ALSO HER ORGINIZATION ARE ARDENT SUPPORTERS OF SYRIA AND IRAN. SO MUCH FOR HER RACHEL’S COMPASSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

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