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Rachel Corrie's Parents Seek Civil Justice From Israel Over Their Daughter's DeathForward by Tim King Salem-News.com
Rachel Corrie was brutally killed by an Israeli military bulldozer operator; the IDF denies responsibility, but a court will decide the case's civil outcome this week.
(HAIFA / SALEM) - A call to action has been issued by the parents of Rachel Corrie, an Evergreen student from Washington who tried to slow Israel's wanton destruction of Palestinian homes.
Rachel Corrie is a hero. She gave her life trying to aid some of the most voiceless people in the world. Israel's intention to eventually oust every Palestinian from their land and destroy the long time homes of local Palestinian families, came to a head this day, when a dozer operator that by all witness accounts, drove over Rachel and crushed her body, as she used a bullhorn to communicate to him.
Her friends and local Palestinians say the dozer operator, who was a Russian Israeli, was extremely aware of her presence in front of his blade, and he quite obviously chose to murder the young woman who was blocking his physical destruction of a Palestinian home.
Now Rachel's parents are in Haifa to seek justice for their daughter's death, and the Israeli press is already lashing out at these people who lost their bright and courageous daughter, who even at her young age, had a plan to try to change the world. One Front Page Magazine, titled the story about Rachel Corrie's parents' visit, "A Two Person Anti-Israel SWAT Team."
The hate that reeks from these words is commonplace in Israel, but this time it is even more personal, as it involves a family from the Northwest U.S. and murder.
Rachel Corrie is a martyr now, and not just in Palestine or in the Arab world, but to millions of us here in the western world also. The link to the story I wrote about her is included below. Anyone dialed into the tragedy of Palestine's struggle for justice, knows the story of Rachel Corrie. Godspeed to her parents at this difficult time.
CALL TO ACTION: CORRIE TRIAL IN ISRAEL
MARCH 10-24, 2010
As many of you know, a civil lawsuit in the case of our daughter Rachel Corrie is scheduled for trial in the Haifa District Court beginning March 10, 2010. A human rights observer and activist, Rachel, 23, tried nonviolently to offer protection for a Palestinian family whose home was threatened with demolition by the Israeli military. On March 16, 2003, she was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Force (IDF) Caterpillar D9R bulldozer in Rafah, Gaza.
The lawsuit is one piece of our family’s seven-year effort to pursue justice for our daughter and sister. We hope this trial will illustrate the need for accountability for thousands of lives lost, or indelibly injured, by occupation—in a besieged and beleaguered Gaza and throughout Palestine/Israel; bring attention to the assault on nonviolent human rights activists (Palestinian, Israeli, and international); and underscore the fact that so many Palestinian families, harmed as deeply as ours, cannot access Israeli courts.
In order to deliver these interconnected messages as effectively as possible, we are asking for large-scale participation in the trial itself as well as in the events surrounding it. We hope you will join us for all or some of the events listed below and help us to put the call out to others.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10
FRIDAY, MARCH 12
TUESDAY, MARCH 16
If you are not with us in Palestine/Israel, please think about how you and your group/community can be visible/audible on March 16.
We expect this to be a challenging time, but we know the friendship we have felt from so many of you over the years will help us navigate the weeks ahead. Though the course and outcome of the trial are unknown, we welcome the opportunity to raise and highlight many of the critical issues to which Rachel's case is linked. Thank you for your continuing support.
In solidarity and with much appreciation,
Cindy & Craig Corrie
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