Rachel Corrie death case returns to Israeli court

By Daniel Easterman, May 20, 2014
Israel's Supreme Court (Photo: Israel Tourism)

Israel's Supreme Court (Photo: Israel Tourism)

The Israeli Supreme Court is about rehear the case against the state over the death of American activist Rachel Corrie in Gaza in 2003.

Ms Corrie was protesting against house demolitions in Rafah with the International Solidarity Movement when she was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer.

The Supreme Court is expected to spend half a day reviewing the evidence from both the defence and the family on Wednesday.

The Corrie family is hoping the Supreme Court will overturn an earlier 2012 judgment by a lower Haifa court which ruled that the Israeli military was not negligent or responsible for Ms Corrie’s death.

The Israeli authorities have argued that since Corrie entered a war zone and impeded the work of bulldozers, the activist was responsible for her own death.

Rachel Corrie’s father, Craig, told the Guardian that “the case is about our own deep and personal loss, but it has become about more than that, about impunity and the protection of civilians.”

In a statement he said: “During the past nine years, we have sought accountability in the Israeli courts for Rachel's killing, but were handed a verdict that showed blind indifference to the rights of the victim and little interest in seeking truth and justice.”

Last updated: 11:04am, May 20 2014