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Israel court hears appeal over Rachel Corrie's death
Published Thursday 22/05/2014 (updated) 23/05/2014 22:56
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A Palestinian girl holds posters of US peace activist Rachel
Corrie, at a refugee camp in Rafah in the southern Gaza
Strip on March 16, 2013.(AFP/File Said Khatib)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel's Supreme Court on Wednesday heard an appeal by the parents of a US activist who was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in 2003.

The parents of Rachel Corrie asked for a decision clearing the military of any responsibility for her death to be overturned, alleging "negligence" in the treatment of the case by an Israeli court.

"I think they've set a very low threshold in terms of what would be considered negligence, and just ignored the lack of a credible and thorough investigation," Rachel's father Craig Corrie said, referring to the 2012 court ruling.

"If you take (all the material for the appeal) together, what you have is a mechanism that allows the Israeli military to act with impunity," he told journalists before the hearing.

"As an ex-soldier myself I think that's very dangerous."

His wife Cindy Corrie said: "I think there are very important decisions that this court needs to make that impact far more than Rachel."

It was unclear when the Supreme Court would rule on the appeal.

An Israeli court in 2012 cleared the army of any responsibility for Corrie's death, rejecting a civil suit filed by the family.

The ruling sparked an angry reaction from the family, with Cindy Corrie accusing the Israeli authorities of a cover-up.

According to eyewitness accounts, the 23-year-old was killed by a military bulldozer in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003.

Corrie, from Olympia, Washington, had joined a small group of international activists trying to stop the Israeli army from demolishing houses in the southern Gaza town of Rafah during the height of the Second Intifada.

Few Israelis showed much sympathy for Corrie's death, which took place at the height of the uprising in which thousands of Palestinians were killed and hundreds of Israelis died.

Ma'an staff contributed to this report
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1 ) JoeFattal / USA
22/05/2014 17:35
I remember very good the incident in Tianamen square where a man stood in front of a tank challenging the authority, and the tank driver try to avoid him by turning his tank the other way. Same case with Corrie's, she wasn't that lucky, the driver run her over, and believe me when I say that he did see her, because there is no way that girl would have jumped in front of the bulldozer without looking at him to get his attention. He did see her, and its a cover-up.

2 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
22/05/2014 18:02
Right, Joe. You've driven an armored D9 and speak from experience, right? Wrong. You've never been near one of these things yet you're an expert. Typical American armchair dupe. Ever driven a tank? No, not that either. Then again, you never called for any inquiry when Palestinians blew up civilan buses that same year that Corrie was protecting Hamas and PIJ terrorists.

3 ) carlos / usa
22/05/2014 19:10
Rachel Corrie was a saint. She went to Gaza to escort small children to school so the israeli settlers would not scare them from going to school. She is so brave and I salute her everyday for keeping those children safe. She improved the life of the poor and powerless. She almost stopped the demolision of the Palestinian Pharmacist too. The US government dumps all US citizens who are murdered by israel. Furkan Dogan was murdered by israel too. 33 USN on USS Liberty murdered too.

4 ) Carlos / usa
22/05/2014 19:11
Boycott Intel corporation for supporting israeli terrorism. I always buy my computers with an AMD processor. They are better than Intels low quality processors.

5 ) Farouk Messahel / UK
22/05/2014 20:37
There were other activists at the time. There were also tank and other armoured vehicles to protect the bulldozer against attacks. Even if the driver did not see Rachel, he and the other Israeli militaries did not call the emergency service, knowing that Gaza emergency service is struggling due to lack of staff and equipment. Israelis have immunity against prosecution when they shoot a Palestinian (or any other person). What happened to Rachel Corrie amounts to delibatate murder.

6 ) Mel / USA
22/05/2014 20:52
"...very dangerous."Bravo Craig! But Zionism craves danger to exact undeserved revenge,on Palestinians&peace activists.Zionism NEEDS to create conflict,"danger"as an excuse to destroy a once peaceful&rich pluralism in Palestine,using the Nazi Holocaust to provide TOTAL immunity,for WAR CRIMES on Palestine&all activists.The Zionist/Israeli war-machine junta added another 1 MILLION Palestinian Muslims,Christians &Jewish DISSENTERS to the ongoing Holocaust list!God bless your laurel wreath,Rachel!

7 ) Robert Chapman / US
22/05/2014 22:28
I Love you Rachel !!! Your death was not in vain !! Tomorrow night 5/23/14 im attending the play about you in your honor ... ill always remember your peaceful ways ..and to all who try and disrespect this SOUL OF LOVE .. I pitty you.

8 ) Johnny benson / USA
24/05/2014 04:50
Foolish girl..she meant well,may she rest in peace...but of course the haters need a cause..and so it goes on...as far as Israelis killing Americans...pres.roosevelt and his English lackey state dept are responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews for not allowing them entry..from 39 to 42..
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