Haifa court has ruled that the Zionist authorities were not at fault for the death of US activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed in the Gaza Strip by a Zionist army bulldozer in 2003.
Corrie’s family had brought a civil claim for negligence against the Zionist ministry of defense.
The judge said the 23-year-old’s death was a “regrettable accident”.
“I reached the conclusion that there was no negligence on the part of the bulldozer driver,” said Judge Oded Gershon, reading out his verdict at Haifa District Court in northern Occupied Territories.
He said the entity was not responsible for any “damages caused” as they had occurred during “war-time actions”.
Rachel Corrie, Truth is no More Invisible
The Corries had accused the Zionist entity of intentionally and unlawfully killing their daughter, and failing to conduct a full and credible investigation.
Corrie was in the town of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip as part of a group of protesters from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).
They were acting as human shields to try to stop the Zionist army demolishing Palestinian homes and clearing land around Rafah.
A Zionist army investigation in 2003 concluded its forces were not to blame for Corrie’s death.
The Zionist army argued the area was being used by militants and that the protesters should not have been in a closed military zone.
The army’s investigation found that Corrie was not visible and that she was killed by debris falling on her. But Corrie’s supporters say it is impossible that the bulldozer driver did not see her.
Pictures taken on the day Corrie died show her in an orange high-visibility jacket carrying a megaphone and blocking the path of a Zionist military bulldozer.
A collection of Corrie’s writings was turned into a play – My Name Is Rachel Corrie – which has toured all over the world, including in the Zionist entity and the Palestinian territories.