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Israeli court rejects killed US activist’s family’s civil lawsuit

JERUSALEM –  An Israeli court on Monday  rejected a lawsuit brought against the military by the parents of a U.S.  activist crushed to death in 2003 by an army bulldozer as she tried to block its  path in the Gaza Strip, ruling the army was not at fault for her death.

The bulldozer driver has said he didn’t see 23-year-old Rachel Corrie, a  pro-Palestinian activist who opposed the military’s demolition of Palestinian  homes. The military deemed her March 2003 death to be accidental, but Corrie’s  parents were not satisfied by the army investigation and filed a civil lawsuit  two years later.

Explaining the district court’s ruling, judge Oded Gershon said Corrie “put  herself in a dangerous situation” and called her death “the result of an  accident she brought upon herself.” He said the military conducted a proper  investigation, and rejected the Corrie family’s request for a symbolic $1 in  damages and legal expenses.

Corrie’s parents, Craig and Cindy Corrie, did not speak immediately after the  verdict, but clasped each other’s hands.

Cindy, left, and Craig Corrie, right, the parents of Rachel Corrie, a pro-Palestinian activist who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003, sit together with their daughter Sarah, during an interview with the Associated Press in Jerusalem, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. Almost a decade after their daughter was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer as she tried to block its path in a Gaza Strip war zone. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Their lawyer, Hussein Abu Hussein, lamented the court’s ruling, saying “the  verdict blames the victim.”

“While not surprising, this verdict is yet another example of where impunity  has prevailed over accountability and fairness,” he said. “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.”

The home demolitions were part of an unsuccessful campaign to halt hundreds  of shooting and mortar attacks against soldiers and Jewish settlers in southern  Gaza, along the border with Egypt. On the day Rachel Corrie died, she and other  activists had entered a closed military zone to protest the demolition  policy.

According to the U.N. agency handling Palestinian refugees, the military had  left more than 17,000 Gazans homeless in the four years after a Palestinian  uprising against Israel erupted in September 2000. The demolitions drew  international condemnation at the time.

Source: Fox News

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