Tuesday, August 28, 2012
No justice for Rachel Corrie
Israel is in bad shape as a regime and increasingly as a society. Today, after a several years trial, an Israeli “court” ruled that the killer had both warned Rachel Corrie and had not seen her where he drove over her and backed over her again. The killing was an “accident.”
Hard to warn and not to see…
The military “investigation” was no investigation. The judge was a prisoner of the military.
The war that Oded Gershon refers to was the home of a doctor which the Israeli aggressors had ordered bulldozed.
Rachel Corrie was standing in a bright orange raincoat in front of the house.
Is this the “appearance” or facsimile of justice?
What happened to the rule of law?
Israel is also a society in which teenagers, imitating the Ku Klux Klan or the Brown Shirts, attempt to murder victims. See the New York Times story here.
Arabs and Americans…
There are many Israelis who are horrified by these things. Some refuse to bomb Iran. See here. Some join with the Palestinians in non-violent protest.
Surely, these things are against the fundamental interests and well-being of Israelis.
Is it worth sacrificing the soul and decency of Israel to keep its death grip on the occupied territories?
See the letter I wrote to the Flaming Eggplant Collective at Evergreen State about Boycott and Divestment, emphasizing Rachel Corrie here.
What can we learn from the Rachel Corrie case
By Amira Hass | Aug.28,2012 | 9:45 AM | 2
The Haifa District Court rejected on Tuesday accusations that Israel was at fault over the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed by an army bulldozer during a 2003 pro-Palestinian demonstration in Gaza.
Corrie's family had accused Israel of intentionally and unlawfully killing their 23-year-old daughter, launching a civil case in the northern Israeli city of Haifa after a military investigation had cleared the army of wrong-doing.
In a ruling read out to the court, judge Oded Gershon called Corrie's death a "regrettable accident", but said the state was not responsible because the incident had occurred during what he termed a war-time situation.
At the time of her death, during a Palestinian uprising, Corrie was protesting against Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.
"I reject the suit," the judge said. "There is no justification to demand the state pay any damages."
He added that 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."
Corrie's death made her a symbol of the uprising, and while her family battled through the courts to establish who was responsible for her killing, her story was dramatized on stage in a dozen countries and told in the book "Let Me Stand Alone."
"I am hurt," Corrie's mother, Cindy, told reporters after the verdict was read.
Corrie came from Olympic, Washington and was a volunteer with the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement.
Senior U.S. officials criticized the original military investigation into the case, saying it had been neither thorough nor credible. But the judge said the inquiry had been appropriate and pinned no blame on the army.