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Statement from Corrie family in response to the Israeli Supreme Court’s Dismissal of Appeal in Wrongful Death of Rachel Corrie

February 12, 2015

Today we received word from our attorneys that the Supreme Court of Israel dismissed our appeal in the wrongful death case of our daughter and sister Rachel Corrie.  Our family is disappointed but not surprised. We had hoped for a different outcome, though we have come to see through this experience how deeply all of Israel’s institutions are implicated in the impunity enjoyed by the Israeli military.

It will take some time before we have ability to read the decision in English and to process all the court has said. Nevertheless, it is clear that this decision, affirming the August 2012 lower court finding, amounts to judicial sanction of immunity for Israeli military forces when they commit injustices and human rights violations.

The Supreme Court decision ignores international law arguments regarding the protection of civilians and human rights defenders in armed conflict and grossly violates the internationally recognized right to effective remedy.

The court has determined that our separate case against Dr. Yehuda Hiss and Abu Kabir Institute, regarding inappropriate ways in which Rachel’s autopsy was conducted, may go forward in the lower court. We continue to be appalled that it requires a lawsuit to have a truthful accounting of what occurred, and complete repatriation of Rachel’s remains. Decisions as to next steps will be made by the family in consultation with our attorneys.

Despite the verdict, our family remains convinced we were correct in bringing this case forward.  The day after Rachel was killed, Prime Minister Sharon promised President Bush a thorough, credible and transparent investigation. Clearly, that standard was not met. The U.S. government continues to call for such an investigation by Israel.  A civil lawsuit cannot substitute for an impartial investigation, but it is the only process through which a family can discover more information and move forward when governments fail to act.

Rachel’s case provides yet another example of how the Israeli justice system is failing to provide accountability. We urge the international community, and not least the U.S. government, to stand with victims of human rights violations and against impunity, and to uphold fundamental tenets of international justice.

We are immensely grateful to our attorney Hussein Abu Hussein and to his entire legal team for the decade of work they have contributed to Rachel’s case, and continue to provide.  We are grateful to all of our friends in Palestine, Israel, and elsewhere, who in so many different ways have supported our efforts.

We have taken this path for Rachel, the daughter and sister we love, lost, and miss. Her spirit lives. She has inspired all of our actions and will continue to do so.


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  1. just on February 12, 2015, 5:43 pm

    Bless you all, and your attorney attorney Hussein Abu Hussein and to his legal team. I am deeply sorry that the Supreme Court of Israel is so comfortable with condoning murder and suppression of truth, but that is what Israel has become. An armed criminal state, devoid of democracy.

    “Rachel’s case provides yet another example of how the Israeli justice system is failing to provide accountability. We urge the international community, and not least the U.S. government, to stand with victims of human rights violations and against impunity, and to uphold fundamental tenants of international justice. ”

    Israel will be held accountable~ sooner rather than later, I think. There are many all around the world that are weary of their actions and their impunity.

    We will never forget Rachel or you. Rachel is a personal hero of mine, and when I tell her story to others, she inspires.

    “Her spirit lives. She has inspired all of our actions and will continue to do so.”


  2. Boomer on February 12, 2015, 8:23 pm

    Regarding this statement, “we have come to see through this experience how deeply all of Israel’s institutions are implicated in the impunity enjoyed by the Israeli military,” I would add that we have come to see how deeply the U.S. is implicated as well.

    But regarding Rachel, I can only echo your words, “Her spirit lives. She has inspired all of our actions and will continue to do so.” May her memory and inspiration be a blessing and a source of strength to her family, and to us all.

    • just on February 12, 2015, 9:37 pm

      That’s so true.

      There is one more thing that I have to say.

      Another ISM activist, Kayla Mueller, was horribly & tragically killed the other day. President Obama paid tribute and more, here’s an excerpt:

      “Kayla Mueller used these freedoms she so cherished to improve the lives of others. In how she lived her life, she epitomized all that is good in our world. She has been taken from us, but her legacy endures, inspiring all those who fight, each in their own way, for what is just and what is decent. No matter how long it takes, the United States will find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla’s captivity and death.”

      The MSM (worldwide) covered this terrible event and chronicled her life, while calling for justice for her death.

      When Rachel of ISM was murdered by Israel, there was no such thing.

      So it is not only Israel’s crime, but also the USA’s for not holding Israel accountable for the murder of a US citizen. The hypocrisy could not be more evident! So many of us wished that Mr. Obama would include Rachel in his statement the other day, but he did not. Rachel was truly the best of America and humanity. Somehow I think that she inspired Kayla.

      • CigarGod on February 13, 2015, 9:36 am

        Very good posts/reasonings this morning, Just. One lesson: It is no longer necessary to give Iz or Usa, benefit of doubt on anything…in regard to Iz. There can be no rational expectation of legal or moral justice.

  3. Kay24 on February 12, 2015, 9:37 pm

    This is such a heartbreaking situation for the poor Corrie family, first they lose their precious child, and then they get no justice for her horrible death, nor support from their own country.
    I don’t know how much help they received from the congress people, but then who has any faith that they will stand up for you against the masters they serve?

    It sees Elie Weisel has gone over to the dark side. He support Booby man’s speech:

    “Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel lends support to Netanyahu’s Congress speech
    Newspaper ads call on Americans to hear the Israeli prime minister’s case ‘for keeping weapons from those who preach death to Israel’ and the U.S.

    “REUTERS – Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel is lending his support to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to Congress on the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program – an address that has antagonized the White House and divided American Jews.

    An outspoken New Jersey Orthodox rabbi, Shmuley Boteach, said on Thursday he is placing full-page advertisements in two of the leading U.S. newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, featuring Wiesel’s endorsement of Netanyahu’s speech.

    Blindsided by the invitation that Republicans in Congress extended to Netanyahu, President Barack Obama has declined to meet the Israeli leader, citing what he has said is U.S. protocol not to meet world leaders before national elections, due to take place in Israel on March 17.

    The advertisement quotes Wiesel as saying he plans to attend Netanyahu’s address “on the catastrophic danger of a nuclear Iran.” Awarded the Nobel in 1986, Wiesel asks Obama and others in the ad: “Will you join me in hearing the case for keeping weapons from those who preach death to Israel and America?”

    Que pasa, Elie Wiesel?

    • on February 13, 2015, 11:34 am

      Kay: where you been? This isn’t the new Elie Wiesel. This is the always Elie Wiesel. He came to Savannah some years ago to talk on The Danger of Indifference to Other People’s Suffering. Having been tipped off to the real Elie Wiesel by Christopher Hitchens back when he was Christopher Hitchens — he called him the most pompous windbag on the face of the earth, as I recall — I wasn’t exactly expecting his talk to center on Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians. But still.

      He didn’t even mention them. (Glad I got a question in.)

  4. crypticvalentin on February 13, 2015, 1:21 am

    for Rachel

    • just on February 13, 2015, 7:25 pm

      Just beautiful. Thank you so very much.

      (is it your work?)

  5. on February 13, 2015, 8:19 am

    The gutlessness and disloyalty of the American political class boggles the mind.

  6. Kay24 on February 13, 2015, 10:15 am

    Apparently an AP investigations shows God’s chosen had killed mostly women and children when they massacred innocents in Gaza. What evil and violent people, more like the Devils chosen. They should be taken to the ICC and held accountable for this mass slaughter. Shame we gave them the weapons and ammunition for this horrible crime:

    AP Investigation Finds High Civilian Death Toll In Airstrikes On Homes In Gaza

    “The Associated Press examined 247 airstrikes that — according to witness accounts and site visits — hit residential compounds, out of the some 5,000 Israeli strikes during the conflict. Its reporters compiled a detailed casualty count, determining 844 dead in those strikes.

    The review found that 508 of those dead — just over 60 percent — were children, women and older men, all presumed to be civilians. Hamas says it did not use women as fighters in the war, and an Israel-based research group tracking militants among the dead said it has no evidence women participated in combat.”


  7. Vera Gottlieb on February 13, 2015, 2:51 pm

    Hasn’t the IDF always had immunity?

  8. just on February 13, 2015, 2:55 pm

    It was good to hear at least a bit of reporting on this disgrace by the “Supreme Court” of Israel and Rachel Corrie (RIP) this morning on NPR news…Mrs. Corrie spoke briefly.

  9. TonyRiley on February 13, 2015, 5:46 pm

    Fascism is your game and preaching to the converted is your modus operandi. Yawn.

    • just on February 13, 2015, 10:17 pm

      Are you lost?

      What ‘fascism’?

      • Mooser on February 18, 2015, 3:38 pm

        “Just” at least this “TonyRiley” (Oh, is that the “tony” of “DannyRab”? bleh, who knows) has been reduced to one-sentence hit-and-runs.
        Usually they dry up and blow away after that. But first they have to make a few posts telling us indifferent they are, and how ineffectual the articles are.

        Certainly not like our stalwarts, who are intent on bringing down Mondo by sheer bulk-of-word attacks. “Word-wave attacks”. The casualties are tremendous, they are shot down by the thousands, but they just keep on coming! They are the Red Army of Zionist rhetoric, or something. ‘Into the valley of death rode the six-hundred-word comment!’

      • TonyRiley on February 19, 2015, 3:14 am

        Just look around you.

      • annie on February 19, 2015, 10:41 am

        deep ;-i

  10. lonely rico on February 13, 2015, 8:11 pm

    “ … all of Israel’s institutions are implicated in the impunity enjoyed by the Israeli military.”

    Sadly, many institutions in Canada are also implicated in the impunity enjoyed by the Israel military, a military characterized by its savage criminal brutality.

    I salute the Corries for what they have given and give to this struggle for justice.

    And cry! the Palestinians.

  11. warlessworld on February 18, 2015, 3:34 pm

    If I had the money I would put up a huge monument dedicated to Rachel Corrie and injustice her soul is suffering right in front of the U.S. Capitol Hill to remind AIPAC shills in the United States Congress and Senate, it was wrong for them not calling for full investigation and constantly trying to shut every door for such investigation.

    Rachel Corrie’ name, sweetheart of the American progressive people must live on until eternity.

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