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Israeli court rejects claim of Israeli responsibility 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.”

You can read my blog post from two years ago here.


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