A n Israeli judge has exonerated a military investigation that acquitted the IDF of the killing of a US activist by a bulldozer. The judge reiterated that the death was „an accident“, while the victim’s family insists she was purposefully run over.
Nine years after US activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer, her family has been handed a verdict in their civil lawsuit against Israel.
The court ruled that the state was not at fault for Corrie’s death and that an earlier military investigation, which cleared troops of wrongdoing, was conducted appropriately. It further stated that there was neither intent nor negligence involved.
After hearing the verdict, Rachel’s mother Cindy said that she was deeply saddened, but expected that the IDF soldiers would be granted systemic impunity.
„Now we know that the protection for soldiers extends to the court“, she told reporters outside the court. „At least we have had access to a court system, which most Palestinians are denied“, she said.
„While not surprising, this verdict is yet another example of where impunity has prevailed over accountability and fairness“, attorney for the Corrie family Hussein Abu Hussein said in a statement posted on the Rachel Corrie foundation website.
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