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.