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Israeli Court Blames Rachel Corrie for Own Death, Says IDF, State Not Responsible

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Richard Silverstein [1]
August 28, 2012

Israeli court ruled [2] in the past hour or so that neither the State nor the IDF is responsible for the death of Rachel Corrie.  In fact, the judge claims that she herself was responsible.  This is a case brought by Corrie’s parents, Craig and Cindy, in which they sought damages from the Israeli State for the negligence of the army in killing her when a bulldozer ran her over as she was protecting a home in Gaza from demolition.

Here is but one eyewitness report of what happened:

“She was standing on top of a pile of earth,” fellow activist and eyewitness Richard Purssell, from Brighton, said at the time. “The driver cannot have failed to see her. As the blade pushed the pile, the earth rose up. Rachel slid down the pile. It looks as if her foot got caught. The driver didn’t slow down; he just ran over her. Then he reversed the bulldozer back over her again.”

It will come as small comfort that the judge ruled that the Corries will not have to pay the costs of the State in defending the case.

Israel-cheerleader and U.S. ambassador Dan Shapiro has publicly discussed the weakness of the Israeli investigation, though his statement appears to be more throwing a sop to the family than actually taking a meaningful position.  In that regard, the British government after the murders of Tom Hurndall and James Miller [3] actually threatened diplomatic sanctions against Israel if it did not pursue a settlement and punishment of those who killed their citizens.  The result was a court case in which one killer was tried (and acquitted) and another civil case in one of the families was paid handsomely for their suffering.

Not in a million years will Shapiro or Obama take any similar position on behalf of the Corries.  But I would urge them to try.  This government is a sham.  A sham of justice.  A sham of pro-Israel sophistry.  Even Tony Blair’s government and a Jewish attorney general wouldn’t stand for their nation to be insulted by Israel’s murder of its citizens and the resulting mock investigation (or should I say mockery investigation). Obama could care less.  He’s got bigger fish to fry.  To win an election.  To stop a war (maybe).  What does the suffering of one family matter?

To any reader who thinks to fulminate here about Corrie’s responsibility for her own death, over the coming days I’m going to be writing at least one and perhaps more posts recounting the depositions of those IDF officers responsible for Rachel’s death.  Even if Israeli justice will absolve them, I won’t.   History won’t.  Most of you readers won’t.

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[1] Richard Silverstein: http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2012/08/28/israeli-court-blames-rachel-corrie-for-own-death-says-idf-state-not-responsible/

[2] Israeli court ruled: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/28/rachel-corrie-verdict-accident-judge?newsfeed=true

[3] James Miller: http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2007/08/05/james-millers-idf-killer-may-soon-be-wanted-man-in-britain/

[4] Rachel Corrie’s family bring civil suit over human shield’s death in Gaza: http://www.prisonplanet.com/rachel-corries-family-bring-civil-suit-over-human-shields-death-in-gaza.html

[5] Israeli soldiers have depraved “fun” making “Rachel Corrie pancakes”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israeli-soldiers-have-depraved-fun-making-rachel-corrie-pancakes.html

[6] Israeli forces board the Rachel Corrie: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israeli-forces-board-the-rachel-corrie.html

[7] Israel can’t be trusted to probe Gaza flotilla raid, say Rachel Corrie’s parents: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israel-cant-be-trusted-to-probe-gaza-flotilla-raid-say-rachel-corries-parents.html

[8] If Israel attacks, we won’t resist, says Nobel peace laureate on board Gaza-bound aid ship ‘Rachel Corrie’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/if-israel-attacks-we-wont-resist-says-nobel-peace-laureate-on-board-gaza-bound-aid-ship-rachel-corrie.html

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