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Israel’s Supreme Court Denies Damages to Dead US Activist Rachel Corrie’s Family

Corrie, 23, from Olympia, Wash., was attempting to stop a bulldozer from demolishing an Arab home when she was run over.

Activist Rachel Corrie before being killed by IDF buldozer

Israel’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Haifa district court decision denying civil damages in the case of Rachel Corrie, a Jewish-American pro-Palestinian activist who was killed in 2003 by an IDF bulldozer in the refugee camp of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

The Supreme court supported the lower Court’s exemption of Israel from paying Corrie’s family civil damages for wrongful death because the incident occurred in a war zone, where Corrie had no business being.

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Corrie, 23, from Olympia, Wash., was attempting to stop a bulldozer from demolishing an Arab home when she was run over.

An IDF investigation found that the driver of the bulldozer could not possibly see Corrie and did not intentionally kill her. The report placed the blame squarely on Corrie and the International Solidarity Movement, for their “illegal, irresponsible and dangerous” conduct.

The Corrie family has already lost a suit against Caterpillar Inc., the American manufacturer of the bulldozer that killed Rachel.

The NY Times reported Wednesday that “My Name Is Rachel Corrie, ” a one-woman drama about the pro-Palestinian activist, will be staged Off Broadway this spring for the first time since an earlier production nine years ago caused an uproar. A spokesman for the show announced on Wednesday that the play would run April 2-12 at the Culture Project’s Lynn Redgrave Theater in the East Village.

Watch out for bulldozers…



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