Published on Monday, July 11, 2011 by The Guardian/UK
Rachel Corrie's Family Claim Israeli Military Withheld Vital Video Evidence
American activist's father says incomplete footage was given to court hearing into his daughter's death in Gaza
by Harriet Sherwood in
The family of Rachel Corrie, the
He also alleged that the Israeli military had misled US officials on the position of Rachel's body when she was killed.
Rachel, from Olympia, Washington state, was killed while attempting to protect the home of a Palestinian family in the Rafah area of Gaza from being demolished by Israeli troops in March 2003. Her family and other activists who witnessed the incident say she was crushed by an Israeli army bulldozer.
Following Rachel's death the then Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, promised
An internal Israeli military investigation, which was never published nor released to the US government nor the Corries, concluded that the two soldiers who operated the bulldozer had not seen Rachel and that no charges would be brought. The case was closed.
In March last year the Corrie family launched a civil case, accusing the military of either unlawfully or intentionally killing Rachel or of gross negligence. Hearings in the case ended on Sunday and a verdict is due to be delivered next April.
"After more than a year of hearings, we are at this moment in much the same place as we were when they began – up against a wall of Israeli officials determined to protect the state at all costs, including at the expense of truth," said Cindy Corrie, Rachel's mother.
"We came seeking accountability. We demand justice," said Craig Corrie.
The final witness in the case, Colonel Pinhas Zuaretz, told the court in
In arguing that the case should be dismissed, the Israeli government claimed Rachel was responsible for her own death. Both sides have 90 days to submit closing arguments in writing.
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