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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Israel Not at Fault in Rachel Corrie Death

UPDATE: NYT tonight with statement, and video, from witness,  to Rachel Corrie's death, now a journalist, rejecting finding of Israeli judge.  If there had been video of her death everything might be different.

Earlier: The closely watched court decision came down just a few hours ago in the tragic and ultra-controversial case. "An Israeli judge ruled on Tuesday that the state bore no responsibility for the death of Rachel Corrie, the young American woman who was run over by a military bulldozer in 2003 as she protested housing demolitions in the Gaza Strip. The lengthy verdict in the civil case, read to a courtroom packed with supporters of Ms. Corrie’s family here, called the death an accident that occurred during 'a military activity meant to prevent terrorist activity. She chose to put herself in danger,' said the judge, Oded Gershon....

"Bill Van Esveld of Human Rights Watch called the verdict 'a missed opportunity' for the Israeli Defense Force to reform an investigative system that he characterized as deeply flawed."

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