Haifa court rules against Corrie family

Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie

The family of the US activist, Rachel Corrie, has vowed to take their case to Israel's Supreme Court after a Haifa court ruled today that the state of Israel was not responsible for their daughter's death. Rachel Corrie was killed in the Gaza Strip by an Israeli army bulldozer in 2003.

The Haifa court was hearing a claim of negligence against Israel's Ministry of Defence brought by the Corrie family.

But Judge Oded Gershon ruled that the 23-year-old's death was a "regrettable accident", and said that the state was not responsible for any "damages caused" as they had occurred during "war-time actions".

The judge said Ms Corrie had been protecting terrorists in a designated combat zone.

He said the bulldozer driver had not seen her, adding 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."

He ruled the state of Israel did not have to pay any damages. The Corries had requested a symbolic $1 in damages and legal expenses.

An Israeli army investigation in 2003 concluded its forces were not to blame for Ms Corrie's death.

Ms Corrie's parents, Cindy and Craig, told reporters that they were "hurt" by the verdict, and would appeal

Last updated: 9:14am, August 28 2012