JERUSALEM —Â An Israeli court on MondayÂ rejected a lawsuit brought against the military by the parents of a U.S.Â activist crushed to death in 2003 by an army bulldozer as she tried to block itsÂ 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, aÂ pro-Palestinian activist who opposed the military’s demolition of PalestinianÂ homes. The military deemed her March 2003 death to be accidental, but Corrie’sÂ parents were not satisfied by the army investigation and filed a civil lawsuitÂ two years later.
Explaining the district court’s ruling, judge Oded Gershon said Corrie “putÂ herself in a dangerous situation” and called her death “the result of anÂ accident she brought upon herself.” He said the military conducted a properÂ investigation, and rejected the Corrie family’s request for a symbolic $1 inÂ damages and legal expenses.
Corrie’s parents, Craig and Cindy Corrie, did not speak immediately after theÂ verdict, but clasped each other’s hands.
“While not surprising, this verdict is yet another example of where impunityÂ has prevailed over accountability and fairness,” he said. “Rachel Corrie wasÂ killed while non-violently protesting home demolitions and injustice in Gaza,Â and today, this court has given its stamp of approval to flawed and illegalÂ practices that failed to protect civilian life.”
The home demolitions were part of an unsuccessful campaign to halt hundredsÂ of shooting and mortar attacks against soldiers and Jewish settlers in southernÂ Gaza, along the border with Egypt. On the day Rachel Corrie died, she and otherÂ activists had entered a closed military zone to protest the demolitionÂ policy.
According to the U.N. agency handling Palestinian refugees, the military hadÂ left more than 17,000 Gazans homeless in the four years after a PalestinianÂ uprising against Israel erupted in September 2000. The demolitions drewÂ international condemnation at the time.
Source: Fox News