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Israeli court rejects Corrie family lawsuit; calls Rachel Corrie’s death ‘regrettable accident’

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Judge Oded Gershon has ruled in favor of the state of Israel in the Corrie family wrongful death lawsuit. Rachel Corrie was crushed to death on March 16, 2003 by an Israeli military Caterpillar D9-R bulldozer as she protested the demolition of Palestinian homes in Rafah, Gaza. (for more on the case see here).

Note the quote from Judge Gershon in the following Haaretz report which blames Rachel for her own death:

The Haifa District Court rejected on Tuesday accusations that Israel was at fault over the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed by an army bulldozer during a 2003 pro-Palestinian demonstration in Gaza. . .

In a ruling read out to the court, judge Oded Gershon called Corrie’s death a “regrettable accident”, but said the state was not responsible because the incident had occurred during what he termed a war-time situation. . .

“I reject the suit,” the judge said. “There is no justification to demand the state pay any damages.”

He added that the soldiers had done their utmost to keep people away from the site. “She (Corrie) did not distance herself from the area, as any thinking person would have done.” . . .

“I am hurt,” Corrie’s mother, Cindy, told reporters after the verdict was read.

Corrie family attorney Hussein Abu Hussein issued the following statement following the verdict. The ruling marks yet another victory for Israeli impunity in the occupied territories:

While not surprising, this verdict is yet another example of where impunity has prevailed over accountability and fairness. Rachel Corrie was killed while non-violently protesting home demolitions and injustice in Gaza, and today, this court has given its stamp of approval to flawed and illegal practices that failed to protect civilian life. In this regard, the verdict blames the victim based on distorted facts and it could have been written directly by the state attorneys. 

We knew from the beginning that we had an uphill battle to get truthful answers and justice, but we are convinced that this verdict distorts the strong evidence presented in court, and contradicts fundamental principles of international law with regard to protection of human rights defenders. In denying justice in Rachel Corrie’s killing, this verdict speaks to the systemic failure to hold the Israeli military accountable for continuing violations of basic human rights.

We would like to thank everyone who supported the family and the legal team; including activists, NGOs, legal observers, US embassy officials, interpreters, reporters who covered the trial, and we look forward to talking to you at the press conference.

Omar Barghouti sent out the following reaction to the verdict, putting it in the broader context of the Israeli legal system’s “structural flaws” that were criticized in the Goldstone Report:

It’s a sad day for humanity, for the Corries, for Palestinians, for all people of conscience around the world …

Cindy and Craig, we share your hurt. We share your indignation at this Israeli mockery of justice which is typical of this unjust system.

This latest and widely expected Israeli court whitewash underlines what the UN Goldstone Report had proven after the Israeli massacre in Gaza in 2008-09. Referring to “structural flaws” in the so-called Israeli justice system, the report concluded that Israel cannot be trusted to administer justice according to international standards.[Goldstone Report, paragraph 1756]

Precisely! In too many cases to enumerate here, Israel’s courts have rarely sentenced Jewish-Israeli criminals for killing or injuring Palestinians or wantonly destroying their property. According to Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din,

“… 91% of investigations [by Israeli police in the OPT] into crimes committed by Israelis against Palestinians and their property are closed without indictments being served. 84% of the investigation files are closed because of the investigators’ failure to locate suspects and evidence. … Indictments were served in less than 3% of these cases.”

Even as early as 1996, at the height of the so-called “peace process,” an Israeli settler fatally pistol-whipped 11-year-old Palestinian child Hilmi Shusha near Bethlehem for no apparent reason. An Israeli judge first acquitted the murderer, saying the child “died on his own as a result of emotional pressure., After numerous appeals and under pressure from the Supreme Court, which termed the act “light killing,” the judge reconsidered and, as the Intifada was raging, sentenced the killer to six months of community service and a fine of a few thousand dollars. The boy’s father accused the court of issuing a “license to kill.” [Reuters, January 22, 2001; Phil Reeves, “Fury as court frees settler, The Independent, January 22, 2001]

Gideon Levy of Haaretz eloquently described the fine at the time as the “end-of-the-season” clearance price on Palestinian children’s lives, referring to the findings of B’tselem, Israel’s leading human rights organization, which documented dozens of similar cases in which perpetrators were either acquitted or received a slap on the wrist. [Gideon Levy, Haaretz, January 28, 2001]

Adding insult to injury, the complicit Israeli judge in this case implied that Rachel was not a “thinking person” because of her heroic nonviolent attempt to stand against an indisputable war crime.

Given that Israel’s courts, like their South African counterparts during apartheid, have systematically and consistently been a reliable pillar of Israeli occupation, colonialism and apartheid, Israel’s war crimes and crimes against humanity ought to be prosecuted in international courts where justice has a chance to see the day of light.

This should also convince anyone who still needed to be convinced that without effective BDS against Israel it will never comply with international law. This is the lesson of South Africa.

Activists in the U.S. have announced plans to redouble their efforts to push for divestment from Caterpillar in the wake of the verdict. From the We Divest campaign:

The We Divest Campaign, a national coalition demanding pension fund giant TIAA-CREF divest from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands, is intensifying its call for divestment from Caterpillar Inc. in the wake of an Israeli court ruling today siding with the government in the civil court case brought by the Corrie family. The case alleged that the State of Israel was responsible for the killing of 23-year-old American peace activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by a Caterpillar bulldozer as she attempted to use nonviolent civil disobedience to stop the destruction of Palestinian homes by the Israeli army in Gaza in March 2003. The court’s decision followed an Israeli investigation that the US ambassador to Israel recently criticized as lacking credibility.

In a series of actions timed to coincide with the issuing of the verdict, human rights advocates in cities across the US will protest in front of local TIAA-CREF offices this week and deliver a letter urging trustees to divest fully from Caterpillar and other companies that profit from Israeli human rights abuses in the occupied Palestinian territories. The We Divest Campaign is supported by the Corrie family and the Rachel Corrie Foundation.

“At the time of her death, Rachel was trying to prevent the destruction of Palestinian homes by Caterpillar bulldozers,” said Riham Barghouti, a member of the We Divest National Coordinating Committee. “Israel’s illegal policy of destroying Palestinian homes in the occupied territories, sometimes extending to entire villages, remains as urgent an issue today as it was when Rachel was killed. In Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and Hebron Hills, Palestinians continue to live with the daily threat of their homes and property being confiscated or demolished by Israeli authorities. If TIAA-CREF trustees want to live up to their motto of investing ‘for the greater good,’ they must stop profiting from companies such as Caterpillar that are enabling Israel to carry out such gross human rights violations.”

Jewish Voice for Peace has also condemned the verdict. It includes a statement from Rachel Corrie’s parents. Excerpts:

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)  is deeply disappointed by the verdict read by Judge Oded Gershon this morning in the civil court case brought by the Corrie family against the State of Israel…

This verdict–declaring American peace activist Rachel Corrie’s death to be merely an accident–reflects the impunity of the Israeli army and the deficient investigation undertaken by Israel after Rachel’s death. The U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, told the Corrie family last week, ahead of Judge Gershon’s decision, that Israel’s investigation into the death of their daughter was not satisfactory, and wasn’t as thorough, credible or transparent as it should have been.

…JVP joins the Rachel Corrie Foundation in urging concerned activists in the US to mark the trial verdict with actions to end the housing demolitions that deny Palestinians the basic human right of being secure in their own homes. We urge activists to visit the local offices of retirement fund TIAA-CREF to deliver a letter remembering Rachel Corrie and drawing attention to Israel’s policy of home demolitions, frequently carried out using Caterpillar bulldozers.

While TIAA-CREF recently dropped Caterpillar from their social choice funds, they continue to invest over $1 billion in Caterpillar in their general funds. Jewish Voice for Peace is the founding member of the national coordinating committee of the We Divest campaign ( demanding that TIAA-CREF divest from companies, like Caterpillar, that are profiting from the Israeli occupation.

In response to the Judge Gershon’s verdict, Cindy and Craig Corrie, Rachel’s parents said: “We are deeply saddened and troubled by what we heard today in the court of Judge Oded Gershon. This was a bad day, not only for us, but for human rights, for humanity, the rule of law, and the country of Israel. From the beginning, it was clear that there was a system to protect the military and soldiers, to provide them impunity. This extends to the courts. The diplomatic process failed us. The Israeli court system demonstrated that it failed us too. Rachel was a human being who deserved accountability, and we as her family deserve that too.”

Sydney Levy, Director of Advocacy at Jewish Voice for Peace said: ”We at JVP deplore Judge Gershon’s verdict, and we applaud the Corrie family and their legal team for successfully putting on trial Israel’s flawed justice system. This verdict is yet another flagrant disregard for international law by Israel, which is obligated, as are all countries, to take all feasible precautions to spare civilians from the dangers of military operations. The Israeli military undoubtedly violated this principle in the killing of  nonviolent human rights activist Rachel Corrie.”

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  1. thankgodimatheist on August 28, 2012, 8:04 am

    Israeli “justice”…another oxymoron.

  2. Kathleen on August 28, 2012, 8:19 am

    Oh Jesus Christ. OK not surprised not surprised at all. Still turns my stomach. The Israeli government, the Israeli people have normalized brutal violence and death. So fucked up. Wondering if we can as a group petition the ICC?

  3. Kathleen on August 28, 2012, 8:25 am

    Folks should link this story as well as the “entry denied” story everywhere they can. Contact your Reps about these issues, not that it helps but they need to know the wind has shifted

  4. Kathleen on August 28, 2012, 8:33 am

    Please contact Huffington Post, and other MSM outlets and ask/demand that they post this story. Up at Huff Post about midway down the page

    • Sumud on August 28, 2012, 9:51 am

      Bittersweet sentiment to open the web page of my local paper here in Melbourne, The Age, and see Rachel Corrie staring back at me, the story of the court verdict being the lead article:

      Yesterday in the same paper was a long article on the long term efforts of the Corrie family to seek justice for Rachel’s murder, a big picture of Cindy Corrie at the top of the article:

      The mother who never gave up

      The cats out of the bag on Palestine, and there’s no going back.

      • Kathleen on August 28, 2012, 10:42 am

        Out of the bag in your country. Not going to be on the cover of any MSM papers here in the U.S. questionable whether the story will make the New York Bloody Times, etc at all. Amazed that it was on the front page down toward the center of Huffington Post (the USA Today/People) site. This was surprising.

        You can bet NPR’s Diane Rehm, Talk of the Nation, Scott Simons Saturday program will not touch this story

        Now if Rachel Corrie had been gay Rachel Maddow might be all over it. Maddow’s human rights focus depends on if she gets the ok from her Comcast owners. On the gay rights issue they have given her the thumbs up

      • mondonut on August 28, 2012, 1:10 pm

        / Kathleen says: Not going to be on the cover of any MSM papers here in the U.S. /

        Front page at:

      • Henry Norr on August 28, 2012, 2:19 pm

        I’m sure it won’t be on the front page, but I have to say the New York Times story on the verdict, by Jodi Rudoren and Danielle Ziri, is not bad at all.

      • Kathleen on August 28, 2012, 4:32 pm

        Miracles will never cease. Glory be. But on the front of their web pages. Talking about on the front of MSM newspapers. That was what Sumud was referring to and I was responding to his comment

      • W.Jones on August 28, 2012, 6:28 pm

        “Now if Rachel Corrie had been gay Rachel Maddow might be all over it. Maddow’s human rights focus depends on if she gets the ok from her Comcast owners. On the gay rights issue they have given her the thumbs up”

        Yeah if she had been gay and it was in the US. Like if the US was demolishing gay people’s homes to make way for non-gay homes and she was killed trying to protect a gay home. Boy, all the corporate media would be all over that. Cheney’s daughter was gay, for example.

      • MLE on August 29, 2012, 12:11 am

        Isn’t that what they did to native American property, or say Customs raids where families can get torn apart?

      • Mooser on August 29, 2012, 12:43 am

        “Yeah if she had been gay, gay people’s homes non-gay homes gay home. Cheney’s daughter was gay, for example. “

        Yeah, the gay people get all the breaks, huh. And the nerve of the gay Mary! Imagine picking that neo-conservative Cheney as a Dad! And they say gay people have ethics! Obviously they’ll do anything to get ahead.

      • annie on August 28, 2012, 11:00 am

        thank you australia

        She was wearing a bright orange vest and standing on a mound of dirt in front of a house that was to be demolished in the Rafah refugee camp. Ms Corrie’s family and witnesses to her death say the driver of the armed Caterpillar D9 bulldozer would have clearly seen her as he drove towards her, crushing her, then reversing over her body.

  5. annie on August 28, 2012, 8:33 am

    no justice for rachel today in apartheid nojustice israel.

    but everyday as israel sinks lower in the eyes of humanity rachel’s star rises.

    there’s our justice, in the hearts of mankind.

    Vittorio Arrigoni:
    “History is us; history is not cowardly governments, with their loyalty to whoever has the strongest military; history is made by ordinary people.

    • Mndwss on August 28, 2012, 12:02 pm

      Yes, history is made by ordinary people.

      Like: Jesus, Carl von Ossietzky, Sophie Scholl, Vittorio Arrigoni, Rachel Corrie, Mordechai Vanunu, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange +++

      Only after they are dead can they be heroes?

      It is difficult to Restiamo Umani when ordinary people are treated like this.

      But we must try.

      Stay Human ! ! !

  6. Boycott Israel on Campus on August 28, 2012, 8:47 am

    When Rachel was murdered, the Wayne State University Student Council passed a resolution demanding total divestment against Israel.

    Today, who will be the first campus to do the same?


    Text of Wayne State University’s Student Council Divestment Resolution:

    Approved on April 17, 2003,

    Detroit, Michigan.

    “WHEREAS, the Student Council of Wayne State University has grave misgivings about financing violent ethnic cleansing, racially directed against millions of occupied Palestinian civilians, who are both innocent and helpless,

    “WHEREAS, those millions of Palestinians suffer long-term malnutrition, are surrounded by Israeli army bulldozers, tanks, soldiers, and by jet bombers, all of which have killed thousands of occupied Palestinians,

    “WHEREAS, on Sunday, March 16, 2003, an American college student, Rachel Corrie, was killed in plain sight, while dressed in bright orange, while waving, and while shouting at an Israeli Army bulldozer through a megaphone, by that same Israeli Army bulldozer, in the Occupied Gaza Strip,

    “WHEREAS, that Israeli Army bulldozer ran her over twice,

    “WHEREAS, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged us all to divest from Israel due to its violent and humiliating apartheid policies,

    “WHEREAS, Israel was a long-time, close ally of White Apartheid South Africa,

    “WHEREAS, the Wayne State University Board of Governors (“the Board”) has knowledge of University investments, including what governments our University is paying taxes to by means of investment, and has the authority to seek such information from its fund managers,

    “THEREFORE IT IS RESOLVED, that we ask the Board to immediately divest (dis-invest) our university from Israel,

    “THEREFORE IT IS FURTHER RESOLVED, that we ask the Board for a report this semester, on its progress in divesting the University from its investments in Israel, including divestment from all companies doing business in Israel, and divestment from all stocks and pension funds which include those companies.”

  7. Ranjit Suresh on August 28, 2012, 9:17 am

    Watch as the liberal press downplays or outright ignores this ruling, just as they ignored the murder of Corrie to begin with.

    On Slate, which is always up in arms over the faintest whiff of white racism in the U.S., so far there is nothing. Might this have something to do with the fact that its editor-in-chief David Plotz went on an AIEF trip to Israel as reported by the Forward and Philip Weiss? Maybe it’ll be a side-bar item later in the day – but I guarantee it will not be a main story.

    When are African Americans, Latinos, and other minorities going to wake up and realize that their ostensible political allies defend the murder of U.S. citizens in defense of a racist state?

    • Kathleen on August 28, 2012, 10:45 am

      African Americans are starting to get involved. Been a long time coming.

      • Ranjit Suresh on August 28, 2012, 1:34 pm

        Okay, well it’s the middle of the day. We know if an outlet’s going to cover the whitewash of the murder of Corrie by the apartheid state by this point.

        Indeed, as I predicted, Slate did not have a single story. It’s not even a sidebar item.

        Salon – nothing. Salon is more resolutely liberal than Slate, but there’s no coverage. Glenn Greenwald might have discussed it, but he no longer is with the site.

        Imagine if all the pro-marriage equality, feminist, and anti-racist journalists and commentators actually favored racial equality in Israel/Palestine. They don’t – because they’re hypocritical frauds.

      • Kathleen on August 28, 2012, 4:35 pm

        It was on the front page of Huff Po about half way down for about 5 hours. Think they took it down they were getting too many comments. Can’t have that about that issue. But about Gwenneth Paltrow or Bradgelina they will leave that hooey up for days on end

    • MRW on August 28, 2012, 2:18 pm

      When are African Americans, Latinos, and other minorities going to wake up and realize that their ostensible political allies defend the murder of U.S. citizens in defense of a racist state?

      They’re awake, but they’re muzzled, and no one will report it.

      I just listened to an hour here on public radio discussing the renewed racism that’s surfaced since Obama got elected.

      One interesting fact stated is that there are now more black males in prisons than there are working. (Wesley Snipes is in jail for three years for tax evasion; Jon Corzine looted his customers’ bank accounts without permission to place overseas bond bets in his company and he’s walking free?) Guess what these black men will be when they walk out? Felons. And felons can’t vote. Call me cynical but is this planned voter suppression?

      • MLE on August 29, 2012, 12:17 am

        I also think the communities are heavily invested in their churches and a lot of them have swallowed the Christian Zionist tripe. It will change when they start seeing how the Israelis treat their African population. There’s going to be a certain point where they can’t take black people to Israel lest some random Israeli starts making racial comments. Or Latinos who look Arab.

  8. Walid on August 28, 2012, 9:44 am

    Rosemary Church discussing the verdict on CNN could not hide her disappointment.

  9. Philip Munger on August 28, 2012, 10:01 am

    I predicted it yesterday:

    When the Israeli judge announces on Tuesday that Rachel Corrie was 100% negligent on March 16th, 2003, Hillary Clinton will say nothing. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland will characterize the court verdict as “troubling.” That will be the end of it, except perhaps Ambassador Shapiro’s words to the Corrie family, which will no doubt be sincere, but will also be very cautious.

    It wasn’t that hard.

    Let’s see how Clinton, Nuland and Shapiro handle this.


    • Kathleen on August 28, 2012, 10:46 am

      Not hard to predict at all.

      • Philip Munger on August 28, 2012, 2:37 pm


        In Washington, the State Department’s spokeswoman, Victoria Nuland, said, “We understand the family’s disappointment with the outcome of the trial,” and noted that American diplomats “have worked with the family all through this process” and that they would continue to do so. She declined to discuss the remarks that Ms. Corrie’s family attributed to the American ambassador that the Israeli investigation had not been transparent.

        Note that the official position of the State Department on the Israeli investigation has long been “that the Israeli investigation had not been transparent.” Amb. Shapiro stated as much in his Senate confirmation hearing.

        Do JODI RUDOREN and DANIELLE ZIRI, writers of the NYT article, not know this, or are they purposefully skewing the story to make it seem as if the Corries might have just been making stuff up?

  10. Blake on August 28, 2012, 10:31 am

    Some of the last words of Rachel Corrie to her parents:
    “I’m witnessing this chronic, insidious genocide and I’m really scared, and questioning my fundamental belief in the goodness of human nature. This has to stop. I think it is a good idea for us all to drop everything and devote our lives to making this stop. I don’t think it’s an extremist thing to do anymore. I still really want to dance around to Pat Benatar and have boyfriends and make comics for my coworkers. But I also want this to stop. Disbelief and horror is what I feel. Disappointment. I am disappointed that this is the base reality of our world and that we, in fact, participate in it. This is not at all what I asked for when I came into this world. This is not at all what the people here asked for when they came into this world. This is not the world you and Dad wanted me to come into when you decided to have me. This is not what I meant when I looked at Capital Lake and said: “This is the wide world and I’m coming to it.” I did not mean that I was coming into a world where I could live a comfortable life and possibly, with no effort at all, exist in complete unawareness of my participation in genocide. More big explosions somewhere in the distance outside. When I come back from Palestine, I probably will have nightmares and constantly feel guilty for not being here, but I can channel that into more work. Coming here is one of the better things I’ve ever done. So when I sound crazy, or if the Israeli military should break with their racist tendency not to injure white people, please pin the reason squarely on the fact that I am in the midst of a genocide which I am also indirectly supporting, and for which my government is largely responsible. “

    • Kathleen on August 28, 2012, 10:47 am

      Bless her honorable and aware soul.

      • Blake on August 28, 2012, 2:31 pm

        Amen. Her parents must be so proud of her.

  11. Taxi on August 28, 2012, 10:32 am

    Even the Chinese military tank stopped before rolling over the unforgettably courageous Tiananmen Square protestor. This makes israeli brutality even worse than commie fascism.

    You can tell that the judge was so high on ziocaine he forgot to consider even the plausible verdict of ‘involuntary manslaughter’.

    Way to go loosing more morality in the eyes of the world, mister and missus israel.

    • asherpat on August 29, 2012, 3:04 am

      @taxi, one can tell that you are “high on hatrecoine” to forget that “the plausible verdict of ‘involuntary manslaughter’” is irrelevant in civil law case like the one in question.

      • Taxi on August 29, 2012, 11:51 pm

        No one missed your settler racism while you were gone.

        LOL and “hatrocoine” – waah they speak French in occupied Palestine now?!

  12. Mondowise on August 28, 2012, 10:59 am

    i think anyone considered a state party national can file a complaint demanding investigation/prosecution of izrael by the ICC; Rachel’s case is international and deserves proper and true justice obtainable only in an international, independent court. this case should be eligible for ICC, despite occurring on land with non-state status, since Rachel is an American and the perps are izraeli nationals. there is no justice otherwise.

  13. Woody Tanaka on August 28, 2012, 11:04 am

    “He added that the soldiers had done their utmost to keep people away from the site. ‘She (Corrie) did not distance herself from the area, as any thinking person would have done.’ . . .”

    There is literally no depths of depravity that these people won’t go to to defend their racist state. Predictable, but disgusting.

    • lysias on August 28, 2012, 2:50 pm

      Does this judge think no thinking person would have been so foolhardy as to have resisted the Nazis? (Something on my mind now since I happen to be rereading Hans Fallada’s Jeder stirbt für sich allein.)

      • Woody Tanaka on August 29, 2012, 7:55 am

        This Judge was simply the latest incarnation of Roland Freisler. Nothing more, nothing less.

      • lysias on September 11, 2012, 4:44 pm

        The Volksgerichtshof judge who presides over the trial of the protagonists in Fallada’s novel is named “Feisler”. It’s obvious who Fallada (himself the son of a jurist) had in mind.

  14. Cheryl on August 28, 2012, 11:14 am

    As I think of this gut wrenching verdict this morning, not surprised but pained, I think of the reasons that the Israeli Court system has now proven itself as a bastion of protection not for truth nor justice but for the military.

    Remember that the IDF reported to Congress that the bulldozer did not run over Rachel.
    Remember that the IDF reported that per Oslo they had the right to be working in the Military Installations Area. But also remember that they failed include this report that Rachel was killed around 150 meters off of the Military Installations Area.
    Remember that the Pascal camera taping the area Rachel was killed at panned away at the same time we know the dozers were getting instruction. Less than five minutes later Rachel is dead.

    When I think of the IDF picture of what happened that day on March 16, 2003 being reported at the same time that Cheney was on U.S. Sunday talk shows telling us we were going to war with Iraq and I remember Rachel writing that she was worried about what Israel would do in the Occupied territories as the world’s attention was focused on Iraq, and I remember former Ambassador Kurtzer stating that Israel frequently complained to the U.S. regarding the International Soldarity Movement and I think of Jeff Feltman and his wife being at the American Consulate in Jerusalem – tasked with working with Palestinians and Americans(including activists) in the Occupied Territories- yet having no presence in documentation after Rachel was killed I am drawn to thinking of those areas that we definitely know something about in terms of why the U.S. government continues to press the Israeli government for a credible investigation:

    1. In the investigation that the Israeli military accomplished they failed to address the fact that the two people in the bulldozer that killed Rachel disagreed on where Rachel’s body lay in relation to the mound of dirt that the bulldozer pushed. The driver who was responsible for manueuvering the machine placed the body on the side of the mound so that the dozer had to have run over her. The commander who was responsible for telling the driver where to go and having the best sight line placed the body behind the mound so that the dozer would not have gone over her.
    This was a disagreement that the investigation nor the court reconciled. Yet it was clearly important to the Israeli story line that the bulldozer did not run over her.
    2. The IDF has failed to adequately explain why a Pascal camera panned away from the site of death just prior to the IDF making its move toward Rachel.
    3. Israel has failed to explain why the Pascal tape presented to the court is of a different time period then the tape the IDF provided to Israeli television shortly after Rachel’s death.
    4. Israel has failed to explain why a U.S consular official was not present at the autopsy as stipulated must occur by the Israeli court at the time the IDF received permission to perform the autospy.
    5. Israel has failed to explain why in the Conclusions to the Final Military Police Report delivered to the U.S. government it stated that an official of the U.S. government had been present at autopsy when such had not occurred.
    6. Israel has failed to explain why its dozers were working off of the Philadelphi Route, well into Oslo authorized Palestinian territory, yet in the Conclusions to the Final Military Police Report( delivered to the U.S. State Department and members of Congress) it invokes Oslo as giving it permission to be in this area. Oslo gave Israel permission to be on the Military Installation Area or the Philadephi Route. It did not give Israel permission to be on Palestinian Streets neighborhoods – over 150 meters off of the Military Installations Area. To invoke Oslo as it violated Oslo in the Conclusion of the Final Military Police Report smacks of the IDF assuming no one in the Israeli government or U.S. government would look closely at where Rachel was actually killed.
    7. The IDF has failed to adequately explain nor did the court delve into why the investigator never visited the site of the Rachel’s death and why the IDF had bulldozed the site shortly after Rachel was killed.
    8. The IDF has failed to explain why three internationals all of whom were documenting and disseminating that documentation to the world were killed in a short time period in the same area of the Gaza Strip. Pinky Zuaretz has yet to satisfactorily explain how it came to pass that James Miller and Tom Hurndall and Rachel Corrie are all dead.

    • Bumblebye on August 28, 2012, 12:32 pm

      These points were made by Rachel’s parents on bbcR4 news at one, before the ubiquitous Regev came on to smarm and lie.

    • Sumud on August 28, 2012, 8:18 pm

      Hi Cheryl, have you read the wonderful piece about Cindy and Craig written by Harriet Sherwood in the The Guardian a few days ago? It was titled:

      Rachel Corrie’s mother: ‘I know this won’t be the end’

      Same story was then picked up by Fairfax media in Australia (The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times etc.) under the title:

      The mother who never gave up

      Even Murdoch’s The Australian, long hostile to Palestine, has run a reasonably sympathetic story from AFP:

      Rachel Corrie’s family to appeal US activist’s Israeli bulldozer death verdict

      Nine years of hard work by you all and it feels as if Rachel’s story is becoming mainstream, at least in here in Oz, without a hint of hasbara.

      I’m guessing no-one was surprised by the verdict. Zionists still don’t seem to understand that win or lose a court case, in the long run it is Rachel’s story that counts…

  15. Mondowise on August 28, 2012, 11:44 am

    below is copy/pasted from CNN article:

    Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee and head of the PLO Department of Culture and Information, also condemned the ruling. She said that the evidence shows Corrie was “deliberately murdered” and that the Israeli court has victimized her again.

    “We must make sure that Rachel Corrie’s death is not a senseless incident,” Ashrawi said in a statement. “It must be stressed that Israel’s habit of blaming the victim and exonerating the criminal is not (only) applied to Palestinian victims, but also it has extended its reach to international solidarity activists and victims of Israeli violence.”

  16. The Hasbara Buster on August 28, 2012, 12:07 pm

    “She (Corrie) did not distance herself from the area, as any thinking person would have done.”

    “Any thinking person” would have “distanced themselves” from Tian An Men square once it was declared a closed military zone. The judge should not engage in cheap psichology but instead determine if killing a person is admissible in the context of a non-combat military operation where the Israeli soldiers were not facing any risk or armed opposition to their objective of demolishing houses.

    Shame on a justice system that has just convalidated any State massacre so long as the victims are warned not to stay in a closed zone.

  17. tombishop on August 28, 2012, 12:25 pm

    From Glenn Greenwald at the Guardian:
    How the US and Israeli justice systems whitewash state crimes
    Courts are supposed to check the abuse of executive power, not cravenly serve it. But in the US and Israel, that is now the case

  18. Jim Martin on August 28, 2012, 1:44 pm

    Weird how Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are silent on this

  19. yrn on August 28, 2012, 1:54 pm

    The forgotten Rachels:
    Rachel Levy (aged 17, blown up in a grocery store)
    Rachel Levi (19, shot while waiting for the bus)
    Rachel Gavish (killed with her husband, son and father while at home celebrating a Passover meal)
    Rachel Charhi (blown up while sitting in a Tel Aviv cafe, leaving three young children)
    Rachel Shabo (murdered with her three sons aged 5, 13 and 16 while at home)
    Rachel Ben Abu (16, blown up outside the entrance of a Netanya shopping mall)
    Rachel Kol, 53, who worked at a Jerusalem hospital and was killed with her husband in a Palestinian terrorist attack in July a few days after the London bombs.

    • talknic on August 28, 2012, 2:37 pm

      yrn August 28, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Best Israel stop stealing Palestinian territory, stop lying to itself and its citizens before more Rachels die.

    • Taxi on August 28, 2012, 2:40 pm

      I just saw this exact hasbara list in this exact order on five other talkback sites.

      Cheers big ears!

      • Woody Tanaka on August 28, 2012, 4:08 pm

        “I just saw this exact hasbara list in this exact order on five other talkback sites.”

        Of course you did. You don’t expect yrn to spread her (his? its?) bilge for cheap, do you? The zios are willing to pay for the posting, not for any creativity; that costs extra.

    • Woody Tanaka on August 28, 2012, 2:49 pm

      “The forgotten Rachels:”

      LOL. Nice hasbara. Typical.

      The list of Palestinians killed by your terror forces far outnumber the numbers going the other way.

      But the importance of this Rachel is not only the way she was killed in cold-blooded murder, but the fact that israel will whitewash the murder. This demonstrates that israel has no intention of doing to provide justice to the Palestinians. If you want no more Rachels to die, then get the israelis to accept the Arab Peace Plan, pay restitution for all that they’ve stolen and destroyed. If they’re not willing to do that, then recognize that the blood of all of these women, and those who will come later in response to the depravities the israelis inflict on the Palestinians, are on the israeli’s hands.

    • Ranjit Suresh on August 28, 2012, 2:50 pm

      It’s too bad Rachel Corrie was a goy, because then you’d care about her life too.

      The rest of us believe in the equality and brotherhood of man. Do you?

      • Kathleen on August 28, 2012, 4:43 pm

        “The rest of us believe in the equality and brotherhood of man” Awoman Ranjit

      • Mooser on August 29, 2012, 12:50 am

        As far as I know Kathleen, the “brotherhood of man” includes everybody of every gender. Really, it’s just the basic male-centric language we use. But I just thought ‘brotherhood of humans’? Nah. ‘Brotherhood of people’ not bad, ‘brotherhood of humanity’ that’s pretty good, I like that one as a gender neutral way of putting it. But brotherhood of man’ just scans a little better, tho.

      • Taxi on August 29, 2012, 7:23 am

        No Mooser – the Brotherhood of Man is a good old fashioned pop band:

    • Jim Martin on August 28, 2012, 3:55 pm


      Please provide hard evidence that any of those individuals was killed by a Palestinian suicide bombings.

    • Blake on August 28, 2012, 4:03 pm

      It always amazes me the root cause of this conflict is completely ignored by these propagandists.

    • Kathleen on August 28, 2012, 4:41 pm

      Bless their souls. Very sad, very wrong. Stealing people’s land, persistently humiliating them makes them do violent and stupid things. Not ok

    • justicewillprevail on August 28, 2012, 4:43 pm

      And your point is .. what? My victims are better than yours? Israel are terrorists and murderers too? A spitting contest will leave Israel looking even worse. But of course it is not about that. If you don’t understand the revulsion felt in the US, who bend over backwards to shield your atrocities from international condemnation, not to mention pay their tax dollars into your undemocratic, gerrymandered state, then you are as stupid as you are heartless.

    • Kathleen on August 28, 2012, 7:34 pm

      If these killings did occur and they were killed by Palestinians that is sad. But clearly Yrn is unable to feel any compassion for Rachel Corrie, her family and this horrific and expected decision by Israel’s court. Yrn has the need to flip the script and make it all about the Jews who have died once again and that is pathetic and sadly typical.

    • Sumud on August 28, 2012, 8:29 pm

      Since Rachel is a common name is Israel, now lets talk about all the forgotten Mohammeds.

      In fact, no, let’s talk about just some of those forgotten Mohammeds, just the Mohammed’s aged under 17 years that Israel killed in their 22 day bloodbath in Gaza in 2008/2009:

      • Mohammed Akram Ibrahim Abu Daqqa, 14
      • Mohammed Basil Mahmoud Madi, 17
      • Mohammed Zeyad Mahmoud al-‘Absi, 14
      • Mohammed Majed Ibrahim Ka’abar, 17
      • Mohammed Hussam Radwan ‘Eleyan, 17
      • Mohammed Maher Abu Sweireh, 16
      • Mohammed Iyad Abed Rabbu al-Astal, 12
      • Mohammed Mousa Isma’il al-Silawi, 12
      • Mohammed Faraj Isma’il Hassouna, 16
      • Mohammed Samir Hijji, 16
      • Mohammed Helmi Talal al-Samouni, 6 months
      • Mohammed ‘Amer Abu ‘Eisha, 10
      • Mohammed Eyad Fayez al-Daia, 7 months
      • Mohammed Mo’in Shafiq Deeb, 16
      • Mohammed Basem Ahmed Shaqqoura, 9
      • Mohammed ‘Ata Hassan ‘Azzam, 13
      • Mohammed Farid Ahmed al-Ma’asawabi, 16
      • Mohammed Khader ‘Abed Rajab
      • Mohammed Majed Ali Hussein, 17
      • Mohammed Jaber Mohammed ‘Eleyan, 16
      • Mohammed Younis, 17
      • Mohammed Tala’at Asa’ad Hammouda, 17
      • Mohammed Maher Ahmed al-Zenati, 17
      • Mohammed Nader Khalil Abu Sha’aban, 17
      • Mohammed Jamil Abdullah Qdeih, 15
      • Mohammed Medhat Harb Eslim al-Bassous, 10
      • Mohammed Ala’a Addin Falah al-Sawafiri, 14
      • Mohammed al-Sayed Mohammed ‘Akkila, 7
      • Mohammed ‘Atef Mohammed Abu al-Husni, 12
      • Mohammed Abdullah Salama Abu ‘Eteiwi, 16
      • Mohammed Mohammed Shehda al-Ashkar, 4
      • Mohammed Yahya Sa’id Baba, 11
      • Mohammed Rajab Abdu al-‘Awadi, 17

      There’s 33 of them yrn.

      I drew up this list in response to the exact same vacuous hasbara posted on a Rachel Corrie story here at Mondoweiss in 2010. You copy and post ziobots are a joke.

      The source is the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights’ (PCHR), data available in English and Arabic:

    • MLE on August 29, 2012, 12:24 am

      How many of those are settlers? I don’t think settlers should count as civilians, they are putting themselves in harms way to claim the land- as in they know it’s safer to live in Tel Aviv, but they choose not to and go right into the center of the conflict zone and raise a family there. It’s like kicking a bees nest and then wondering why you keep getting stung. And choosing to raise kids there is basically saying, you are willing for your children to die in the conflict rather than negotiate with the Arabs over land.

      • Woody Tanaka on August 29, 2012, 8:01 am

        MLE, I think you are exactly right. Every competent adult israeli living beyond the green line is a legitimate military target who can be eliminated by any means necessary.

  20. talknic on August 28, 2012, 2:45 pm

    Considering Israel’s track record, 64 years of lies, ignored International Law, ignored UN Charter, ignored UNSC resolutions and the fact that no Israeli Government has ever been elected under the required and PROMISED constitution, did anyone really expect anything different from a court of the alleged Jewish State?

    • Kathleen on August 28, 2012, 4:42 pm

      nope. Israel has normalized brutality and injustice. We don’t expect anything else out of them

      • American on August 29, 2012, 1:04 am

        I am hoping there is something to this.

        US Preparing for a Post Israel Middle East

        So what is all the fuss about?
        It’s a paper entitled: Preparing For A Post Israel Middle East, an 82 page analysis that concludes that the American national interest in fundamentally at odds with that of Zionist Israel. The authors concludes that Israel is currently the greatest threat to US national interests because its nature and actions prevent normal US relations with Arab and Muslim countries and, to a growing degree, the wider international community.

        The study was commissioned by the US Intelligence Community comprising 16 American intelligence agencies with an annual budget in excess of $ 70 billion. The IC includes the Departments of the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Defense Intelligence Agency, Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, State, Treasure, Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency commissioned the study.

        Among the many findings that Ros-Lehtenin and Kristol and other unregistered agents of Israel will likely try to exploit politically between now and November 6, by using them to attack the Obama Administration are the following:


  21. Henry Norr on August 28, 2012, 3:14 pm

    Chris McGreal, who used to be the Guardian’s correspondent in Israel/Palestine, has a good column about the Corrie case:

    The case laid bare the state of the collective Israeli military mind, which cast the definition of enemies so widely that children walking down the street were legitimate targets if they crossed a red line that was invisible to everyone but the soldiers looking at it on their maps. The military gave itself a blanket protection by declaring southern Gaza a war zone, even though it was heavily populated by ordinary Palestinians, and set rules of engagement so broad that just about anyone was a target.

    With that went virtual impunity for Israeli troops no matter who they killed or in what circumstances – an impunity reinforced by Tuesday’s verdict in Haifa.

    He also recounts an interesting interview he did a few weeks after Rachel’s death with Col. Pinhas “Pinky” Zuaretz, the IDF commander in southern Gaza at the time and apparently the chief witness for the military at the trial.

    And he tells about what happened in 2001 after an 11-year-old Palestinian kid was shot and killed by an Israeli soldier while playing soccer in Rafah:

    The respected Israeli human rights organisations, B’Tselem, wrote to the army demanding an investigation. Several months later, the judge advocate general’s office wrote back saying that Khalil was killed by soldiers who had acted with “restraint and control” to disperse a riot in the area.

    But the judge advocate general’s office made the mistake of attaching a copy of its own confidential investigation, which came to a very different conclusion: that the riot had been much earlier in the day and the soldiers who shot the child should not have opened fire. In the report, the chief military prosecutor, Colonel Einat Ron, then spelled out alternative false scenarios that should be offered to B’Tselem. The official account was a lie and the army knew it.

    Maybe someday, insha’allah, we’ll get an equivalent document showing what the IDF actually knows about the death of Rachel Corrie…

  22. sandhillexit on August 28, 2012, 4:28 pm

    Such contempt. Such contempt for us. We know why she was standing there. It is our Holy Land too. Rachel acted on her expectation of Israel’s people and it was quite a compliment. She trusted them, in the end. (Closest allies, dearest friends, shared values…all that. We can trust them with our children.) She was wrong, twice.

    The videos from Tiananmen Square of the young man in front of the line of tanks proved both the foolhardy courage of the young and the ethics of the “people’s army.” The government has worked for decades to erase that singleton act of courage in the face of military/industrial swagger, and they are still trying. The Wikipedia entry for “Tank Man” makes clear just how afraid the Chinese government was of this lone voice.

    Shot by firing squad? possibly. Erased from history? not likely.

    Wags said the name of the “Tank Man” in Tiananmen Square was “One Dum Fuk.” Israel’s Court has told the Corries that their daughter was “one dum fuk.”

    Craig has famously said that it is important to give people the opportunity to do the right thing. He and Cindy have been so patient. If that is to be an American I am proud to stand with them.

    Some evidence, by the way, is written with indelible ink.

  23. LanceThruster on August 28, 2012, 5:16 pm

    The Israeli courts are truth-challenged? Whocoodaknowd?

    You’d think that after awhile they’d get it out of their system, or having been caught in one too many insidious lies (USS Liberty), and thought twice about peddling such brazen BS.

    Hope the rest of you are wearing your waders as the sh!t is getting deeper all the time.

  24. james3 on August 28, 2012, 6:00 pm

    I live for popularity. Which to say I spend a lot of time on Huff Post, the “liberal” Democratic tool for money. The BBC thought the Rachel Corrie verdict was worthy of the #2 on their news bulletins. Huff knew it didn’t exist.

  25. atime forpeace on August 28, 2012, 7:58 pm

    Zionism cannot conquer the spirit of Rachel Corrie’s Judaism.

    What a glorious example of jewishness this little girl, she gave her all for her Judaism.

    May the Lord have her in His glory.

    • Blake on August 29, 2012, 12:50 am

      Was Rachel Jewish?

      • Mooser on August 29, 2012, 1:39 pm

        “Was Rachel Jewish?”

        You know, I don’t know that either! As much as I’ve read about it, all I know is that her family is centered in Olympia, Washington. Gosh, I’d never have thought it was possible, but maybe the Mormons do have some good ideas.

      • Philip Munger on August 29, 2012, 4:34 pm

        I believe the Corries are UU.

    • American on August 29, 2012, 1:22 am

      Yea. And I want to know why there weren’t and aren’t a million US Jews there standing with her.
      What would happen if thousands of US Jews were in Palestine standing in front of home demolitions?
      Would Israel bulldoze/ kill thousands of them too?
      We should all go, thousands upon thousands of us…we should confront them and dare them to kill us all.
      Think that might make the front page of the NYT?…..Israel kills thousands of Americas and Jews in occupied Palestine?
      How would congress and AIPAC get around that…hmmm?

      • mondonut on August 29, 2012, 8:52 am

        / American says: We should all go, thousands upon thousands of us…we should confront them and dare them to kill us all. /

        So go ahead, what’s stopping you? Let us know when you find a slow moving bulldozer to lay down in front of.

      • American on August 29, 2012, 12:43 pm


        Rest assured mondonut, if anyone ever gets a real mass of Americans and US Jews together, one large enough to really make a statement, that can’t be written off by Israel and the US as a small group of peaceniks, I will be there.

      • Mooser on August 29, 2012, 1:41 pm

        “So go ahead, what’s stopping you? Let us know when you find a slow moving bulldozer to lay down in front of.”

        Oy mondonut, you’re getting yourself all excited, you’re schvitzing all over. Maybe you could use a shower?

  26. Kathleen on August 28, 2012, 9:49 pm

    Contact the ICC ask them to pick up this case of injustice

  27. DaveS on August 28, 2012, 9:57 pm

    My heart goes out to the Corrie family, who I am sure hoped for better while expecting this dismal outcome. But from the Department of Silver Linings, perhaps it’s all for the best. If the Israeli court system had held the guilty parties responsible for this murder, it would have provided a treasure trove of hasbara – “look how independent, honest and forthright our judiciary is,” etc. It would enable hasbarists to claim that all of the other Israeli whitewashes were legitimate investigations, because the authorities are willing and able to find Israelis guilty when appropriate: Exhibit A – the Rachel Corrie prosecution. How nauseating would that be!

    Still, the Corries doggedly pursued this claim, and they raised a wonderful, courageous, compassionate girl who puts most of us to shame.

  28. Accentitude on August 29, 2012, 1:59 am

    but is it really regrettable? Do you really think that the IDF regrets killing her? I really doubt it. To us Rachel Corrie’s story is a big deal. To them its nothing and probably wasn’t worth an initial thought. Yes, I’m sure that they regret killing her, just as they regret killing civilians during “targeted” killings in densely populated West Bank and Gaza cities, or perhaps just as they regretted blowing up UN warehouses in Gaza, or causing 1,500 non-combatant civilian fatalities in Operation Cast Lead.

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