According to a Guardian report, the parents of self-proclaimed peace activist Rachel Corrie, from the UK, are about to file a civil suit against the Ministry of Defense over the death of their daughter in Gaza.
Corrie and others from the radical left-wing International Solidarity Movement arrived in Gaza to act as human shields, to prevent the IDF from razing Arab homes. The 23-year-old activist was operating in a restricted area and was not seen by the operator of the IDF Caterpillar bulldozer which was demolishing a home when she was killed.
The case is based on four eyewitnesses, members of the International Solidarity Movement, who will give testimony in a Haifa court about the events surrounding an IDF bulldozer operating in the Rafiach area which led to her death. A hearing is set in Haifa for March 10th. The parents, Cindy and Craig are expected to come to Israel to present themselves are the legal hearing. Ynet reports that an Arab physician who treated Corrie at the scene was not given permission to leave Gaza to take part in the hearing.
According to attorney Abu Hussein, there are witnesses who can place the victim at the scene quite a bit of time prior to the bulldozer operating on the scene proving she could have been removed by soldiers ahead of the bulldozer operating, thereby saving her life. While the IDF investigation ruled there was no wrong-doing, because Corrie was in a military area, without authorization. The suit seeks to find the IDF responsible, even hoping for a ruling that the death of the peace activist was “intentional’.
The Goldstone Report has set the stage for this and other suits, creating a hostile atmosphere against Israel in the international community, portraying Israel as guilty of violating international law, ignoring the human rights of Gaza residents and guilty of war crimes.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)