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March 19, 2010

Corries Seeking Israeli Military Accountability and Spreading their Message

The Corrie family recently arrived in Haifa on Wednesday, March 10th for their civil suit against the Israeli government for the death of their daughter, Rachel Corrie. Rachel, a member of the International Solidarity Movement, was killed in Gaza in 2003 by an Israeli army bulldozer while trying to protect Palestinian civilians. Witnesses claim that the driver should have clearly seen her atop of the mound of dirt but continued forward and ran her over while she was fleeing. The Israeli government denies responsibility by declaring the incident “a military action in the course of war” and accused Rachel of  “illegal, irresponsible and dangerous behavior.”

Ever since, the family has been devoted to seeking a proper investigation and justice. With guidance from the U.S. government and support of over 70 congressmen, the current court claim against the State of Israel and the Israeli Defense Ministry is currently playing out. The Corries are represented by Hussein Abu Hussein, an experienced human rights activist in Israel. According to The National, Mr. Corrie said, “The verdict is the ability to get some sort of accountability [and] responsibility. It’s the only way to do it.” One challenge in the courtroom on Wednesday was the quality of translation to Hebrew, which was of concern for the Corries.

Whatever the outcome of the case, the Corries are succeeding in their goal to raise awareness. By using the case as a platform, the Corries hope to bring to light abuses by the Israelis in the Palestinian Territories and a lack of legal fairness and Israeli accountability.

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