The Haifa District Court will hand down a verdict on August 28 in a civil lawsuit regarding the death of American activist Rachel Corrie.
Corrie, a member of the International Solidarity Movement, was killed in 2003 while protesting the demolition of Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip. She was run over by an IDF bulldozer.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Corrie’s family, charges that the State of Israel is responsible for her death and claims that the state failed to conduct a thorough and credible investigation into the incident.
Israel claims the driver of the bulldozer did not see Corrie, that she should not have been in a war zone, and that a military investigation found no wrongdoing on the part of the state. Multiple government experts testified at the civil trial to say that the American should not have been in Gaza and that therefore Israel is not responsible for her death.
Four eyewitnesses from the International Solidarity Movement testified that Rachel was visible to soldiers inside the bulldozer as it approached.
Stacy Sullivan, a spokeswoman for the Corrie family told the Palestinian news agency Ma’an that the military’s investigation into the activist’s death has been “careless and shoddy…and emotionally taxing for the family.”
Oral testimony in the case began on March 10, 2010. Over the past two years, there have been 15 court hearings at which 23 witnesses testified, producing more than 2,000 pages of court transcripts.