Family’s lawyer: ‘Court has given its stamp of approval to flawed and illegal practices that failed to protect civilian life.’
A district court in Haifa has rejected a civil lawsuit that claimed the state of Israel and its armed forces were at fault in the death of American human rights activist Rachel Corrie. Corrie was crushed by an Israeli Defense Force bulldozer in 2003 while trying to prevent the destruction of Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip.
Rachel Corrie in 2002, a year before she was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer. (Photograph: Denny Sternstein/Associated Press) “I reject the suit,” Judge Oded Gershone said in the briefly worded verdict. “There is no justification to demand the state pay any damages.”
The lawsuit accused the Israeli military of either unlawfully or intentionally killing Rachel or of gross negligence.
The suit was filed by Rachel’s parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, who requested only $1 in damages and legal expenses.
Both were present for the reading of the verdict. “I am hurt,” Corrie’s mother said at a press conference after the verdict was announced.
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