Israeli Murderer of American Peace
Activist, Rachel Corrie, Acquitted After Nine Years by Zionist Judges
August 28, 2012
|American peace activist,
Rachel Corrie, murdered by Israeli occupation soldier, who
crushed her by his bulldozer in 2003, acquitted in August 28,
of the American peace activist, Rachel
Corrie, who was murdered by Israeli
occupation soldier, who crushed her by his bulldozer in 2003,
acquitted in August 28, 2012.
Court Rules Army “Not AT Fault” In Death Of Rachel Corrie
Tuesday August 28, 2012 12:25 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
An Israeli court ruled, Tuesday, that the army “was not at fault” in
the murder of American peace activist, Rachel Corrie, who in 2003 was
crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while peacefully
trying to stop the army from demolishing a Palestinian home, in Rafah,
in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli judge said that the death of Rachel was a
regrettable “accident”, and claimed that “the army was at no fault”.
The Judge, Obed Greshon, of the Haifa District Court, claimed that
Rachel, 23, “was killed while protecting terrorists in a combat Zone”,
the BBC reported.
He maintained the claim of the Israeli military
in which the bulldozer driver claimed that “he did not see her”.
The judge went on to the rude claim that “Rachel did not do what any
thinking person would have done, as she did not distance herself from
the bulldozer, the BBC added.
Rachel’s family brought charges
against Israel for intentionally killing their daughter, and also
accused Israel of not conducting a credible investigation into the
The ruling of the court comes in coherence with the claim
of the Israeli military, as the army allegedly investigated the incident
and determined that “the military is not at fault for her death”.
The Court’s verdict was made in the presence of Cindy and Craig, the
father and mother of Rachel Corrie, and several friends of activists.
Rachel Corrie is from Olympia, Washington in the United States of
Following the ruling, attorney Hussein Abu Hussein, The
Corrie’s attorney, issued the following statement;
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.
Hamas condemns the acquittal of Corrie’s murderers
[ 29/08/2012 - 11:04 AM ]
Hamas Movement condemned the Israeli court's decision to acquit the
Israeli occupation army of killing American activist Rachel Corrie.
Corrie was crushed to death by an army bulldozer when she was trying
to prevent demolition of Palestinian homes in Rafah on March 16, 2003.
An official source in the movement said: "We, in Hamas, strongly
condemn this Zionist unjust decision acquitting the criminal killers ...
we consider this acquittal an offense to be added to the series of
racist crimes against the Palestinian people and the supporters of its
"It (the acquittal) represents a desperate attempt to discourage
activists and supporters of the Palestinian people from continuing
supporting them against the occupation policies and criminal plans", the
The Islamic resistance movement also denounced the silence of the
international community and United States regarding this acquittal, and
called on human rights and humanitarian organizations to prosecute the
Zionist war criminals for their persistent crimes against the
Palestinian land and people.
Continuing Impunity for the Death of Rachel Corrie
Wednesday August 29, 2012 02:46 by Palestinien Centre For Human
Rights - PCHR
PCHR strongly condemns the decision of the Israeli court this
morning, Tuesday, 28 August 2012, that Israel’s forces are not
responsible for the death of US peace activist Rachel Corrie.
On 16 March 2003, Rachel Corrie, along with several other
foreign activists from the International Solidarity Movement, was trying
to prevent home demolitions in the al-Salam neighborhood of Rafah,
southern Gaza Strip. While she was protesting, a bulldozer deliberately
drove over Rachel, a statement supported by numerous eyewitnesses.
PCHR submitted a request to Israel for question these eyewitnesses
during their investigation, which did occur in the presence of Israeli
lawyers representing PCHR. However, the initial investigation by Israel
still concluded that her death was an accident.
nearly a decade fighting to have their daughter’s death declared a
murder, including in the US courts with the assistance of PCHR, the
family of Rachel Corrie received a final word from the Israeli court in
Haifa this morning – the death of their daughter was a regrettable
This lawsuit was originally filed in 2005 after
Israel’s initial investigation ruled there had been no negligence, and
hearings ended in July of last year. In the courtroom today, the Judge
stated that there was no justification for requesting money from the
State since the Israeli forces had done nothing wrong.
Corrie was the first international peace activist to be killed while
protesting against Israel’s house demolitions. Israel’s house
demolitions are a violation of Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva
Convention, which prohibits the targeting of civilian property.
Rachel Corrie was within her rights protesting this illegal activity and
should not have been attacked. As per Article 10 of the Fourth Geneva
Convention, Israel, as the Occupying Power, is obligated to facilitate
humanitarian workers in the Occupied Territory.As outlined in the Fourth
Geneva Convention Commentary on Article 10, this obligation is extended
to any impartial humanitarian organization that performs activities,
including but not limited to, “representations, interventions,
suggestions and practical measures affecting the protection under the
Rachel Corrie’s intervention at the house
demolition falls under an approved humanitarian activity. Therefore, in
addition to the fact that she was a civilian, a prohibited target under
Article 54 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, the killing of Rachel Corrie
violated Israel’s obligation as an Occupying Power to facilitate
This decision by Israel’s courts is just one
of the many extending immunity to Israel’s forces, including another
recent case where a soldier responsible for the death of two Palestinian
women received a lesser sentence that did not reflect the gravity of his
crime and only resulted in 45 days of imprisonment. This air of
impunity can no longer exist.
PCHR extends its condolences again
to the family of Rachel Corrie and:
1. Stresses its support for
continuing efforts exerted by international solidarity activists in
support of the Palestinian people. PCHR appreciates the important role
played by these activists who advocate for the rights of Palestinian
civilians and speak out against the human rights violations committed
against the latter by the Israeli authorities and settlers.
PCHR calls upon international organizations, including human rights
organizations, bar associations and international solidarity committees
to continue and expand their efforts in bring to justice Israeli war
criminals, and to urge their governments to bring those criminals to
3. Calls upon the international community to immediately
take action to stop this impunity, and reiterates its call for the High
Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their
obligations under Article 1, which stipulates that "the High Contracting
Parties undertake to respect and to ensure respect for the present
Convention in all circumstances," and their obligations under Article
146 which requires that the Contracting Parties prosecute persons
alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
These grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the
same Convention and under Protocol I Additional to Geneva Conventions.