Israeli Court rejects any responsibility by Israel in death of Rachel Corrie
Posted by rabbibrian on August 28, 2012
Today the Israeli court dismissed any responsibility by the State of Israel for the death of Rachel Corrie.
More than two years ago I spent a day in the courtroom at the Corrie trial. Today’s verdict is not surprising. It was clear two years ago that the court had no interest in a fair examination of the evidence. I wrote then:
“I left the courtroom after the most effective lesson I could imagine on military investigations. All the problems one would imagine could be part of a military investigation of an incident in which it is involved were so obvious in that courtroom. When the military investigates itself – in any country – it has a vested interest in the outcome and the investigation will always be suspect. In this case it had overwhelming interest in making sure the outcome didn’t point to any responsibility on the part of the I.D.F.”
This military investigation like all the military investigations of the egregious violations during Operation Cast Lead and all israeli military investigations of violations on the West Bank should not be taken seriously. They are part of the apparatus of the Israeli state, justifying its actions.
Cindy Corrie described today’s verdict well.
“This was a bad day not only for our family but a bad day for human rights, for humanity, for the rule of law and also for the country of Israel.”
Originally posted on Rabbibrian's Blog:
On Tuesday this week, exactly seven years ago, Rachel Corrie, an ideallistic young woman and human rights activist from Olympia, Washington, was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer as she tried to protect the home of Dr. Nasrallah, a pharmacist, and his family in Rafah, Gaza, from demolition. Yesterday, I spent the morning in a small courtroom in the District Court in Haifa, sitting next to the Corrie family, Cindy and Craig, Rachel’s parents, and her sister, Susan, in the hearing of their civil suit against the State of Israel. First, we listened to the cross-examination by the State’s lawyers of one of Rachel’s fellow activists, who was with her on that day. Following this, Husein Abu Husein, the Corrie’s lawyer, cross-examined Elad (a pseudonym to protect his identity), an Israeli man, one of the three people who conducted the Israeli military investigation into Rachel’s death. What emerged from this cross-examination was shocking. It was a window into the whole process of Israeli military investigations which has been so fiercely debated over the past year in response to the Goldstone report.
Elad, currently a student at Bar Ilan University, was assigned to the military investigation unit during his regular army service and as a result he was asssigned to the military investigation into Rachel’s death. He described his training as an investigator as a one or two month course followed by a one to two-week “advanced course” in investigations. His experience included some 30-40 investigations.