Court to decide Rachel Corrie case in August (JERUSALEM POST) By JOANNA PARASZCZUK 05/07/12)
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The Haifa District Court announced on Sunday that it will give a
verdict in August in a civil suit filed by the family of Rachel
Corrie, the American pro- Palestinian activist struck and killed by a
bulldozer in Gaza.
Corrie, 23, from Olympia, Washington, died in Rafah, in the southern
Gaza Strip, on March 16, 2003, when a bulldozer struck her during a
protest by pro-Palestinian group the International Solidarity
Corrie’s family filed the civil suit against the Defense Ministry in
the district court five years ago. They claim that the IDF either
deliberately killed Corrie or is at least guilty of gross negligence.
The state maintains that it bears no responsibility for Corrie’s
death and that she should not have been in a war zone. IDF officials
also say that the bulldozer operator who struck Corrie did not see
Judge Oded Gershon will read the verdict in the Haifa District Court
at 9 a.m. on August 28.
The court was expected to give its verdict last month, but that was
postponed as a result of delays in filing closing arguments.
Senior IDF officials including Col.
Pinhas Zuaretz, the former commander of the Gaza Division’s Southern
Brigade, have testified in the trial.
Immediately after the trial ended in July, Corrie’s family alleged
that important evidence, including several surveillance tapes from
the time Corrie died, were withheld as part of a coverup over the
circumstances of her death.
Among the evidence the family claims has been withheld from the civil
suit are surveillance tapes that show color footage of events before
and after Corrie’s death.
The color footage was used in a Channel 2 documentary, but the IDF
has denied that the color footage exists, the family claims.
IDF officials did submit as evidence a black and white surveillance
video with footage from immediately before and after Corrie’s death.
The family also claims there are discrepancies between a photograph
of the bulldozer that they say killed Corrie taken by International
Solidarity Movement activists, and a bulldozer shown on footage
presented by the IDF.
They also allege that a surveillance camera in the area where Corrie
was killed was turned to face away from the scene five minutes before
The Defense Ministry has dismissed as baseless the Corrie family’s
claims, saying that the state has transferred all evidence to the
plaintiffs and no additional evidence exists. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 05/07/12)
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