Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Rachel Corrie Saga Continues: Testimony Reveals Additional Flaws In The Investigation Into Rachel Corrie's Killing

Rachel Corrie was murdered in the Gaza Strip on March 16th, 2003.  She was part of a small group of unarmed people trying to resist the IDF from bulldozing the house of a respected doctor in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip.   She and others would stand bravely in front of the armoured American built bulldozers, driven by Israeli soldiers,  totally unarmed and wearing only orange vests for identification.   Their hope was that by their actions, the drivers of these machines would not proceed, or be delayed, with carrying out the planned demolitions.   On that fateful day in March, 2003, Rachel herself stood bravely in front of one of these armoured machines in full view of the driver expecting the driver to halt his bulldozer.  The driver, rather than halt the bulldozer, instead proceeded ahead and ran the bulldozer blade over Rachel crushing her in the process.  To make matters worse, the driver then proceeded to back up over Rachel with the bulldozer blade down just to make sure she was dead!    This incident was outright murder, but to this day the Israeli Government continues to classify it as an "accident", and their slaves in the US Government have refused demands for a full independent investigation into this blatant act of murder.  The Israelis even launched a farce of an investigation after her death, and their totally biased investigation found the murder again to be an "accident"!

Right now, Rachel Corrie's family is tied up in a civil lawsuit for the unjust murder of Rachel against the Israeli Government.  The lawsuit court hearings are taking place in Tel Aviv, and so far, little progress has been made into properly finding Israel guilty of Rachel's murder.  However, according to this article from, testimony in this civil lawsuit case has exposed some additional flaws in the original Israeli investigation into her death.  Here is that article:

Testimony reveals additional flaws in the investigation into Rachel Corrie’s killing

5 September 2010 | Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
Haifa, Israel – On Sunday, September 5, 2010, the civil law suit filed by Rachel Corrie’s family against the State of Israel for her unlawful killing in Rafah, Gaza, resumed in the Haifa District Court. In March, the Corrie family called their witnesses to the stand. Today marked the beginning of the State’s testimony.
Rachel Corrie, an American human rights defender from Olympia, WA, was crushed to death on March 16, 2003, by a Caterpillar D9R military bulldozer. She had been nonviolently demonstrating against the demolitions of Palestinian homes.
The first state witness, a Military Police investigator known to the court as Oded, was part of a three-person team that investigated Rachel’s killing. Oded corroborated much of the testimony provided by El’ad, an investigator who testified in March, and added additional details about the inadequacy of the investigation.
  • Oded confirmed that a commander of the unit involved in Rachel’s killing interrupted the questioning of the bulldozer operator, telling him that Doron Almog, head of the Israeli military’s Southern Command, had ordered that the questioning cease. He also said that, in his experience, interference of this nature from military commanders was not uncommon.
  • When asked why he did not challenge the intervention, Oded said that as a junior investigator, it was not his place to do so. He was 20-years-old at the time, with only a high-school education and three-months of training in investigation.
  • Corrie’s case was the first civilian killing that Oded investigated from beginning to end.
  • Like El’ad, Oded stated that neither he nor any other investigator visited the site of the killing.
  • Oded said that he did not obtain the video-audio recording from the military surveillance camera which filmed 24/7 until March 23, a week after he began the investigation.
  • Oded said he did not request the video-audio recording with radio transmissions of the 2 bulldozer drivers and commanders from the hours leading up to the incident, transmissions which might have provided further context to the killing. Oded stated he did not believe they were relevant, even though Rachel and her friends from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) were protesting the bulldozer activity for several hours prior to her death.
  • When military police transcribed the radio transmissions, they failed to include an exchange in Arabic in which one soldier said, “Yem mawatu!” which in English means, “What, Did you kill him?!” and another soldier replied, “Allah Yerhamo,” “May God have mercy on him.” When asked about the discrepancy, Oded said that he did not understand Arabic and the investigation team did not think it was important. Oded testified that none of the investigators interviewed any of the Palestinian witnesses – including medical personnel who examined Rachel immediately following the incident. When asked why, he said he did not think they could provide any useful information.
According to a 2005 Human Rights Watch Report, Israel’s military investigative system is not independent, impartial or thorough. The military rarely has brought wrongdoers to justice, and existing practices have exerted little deterrent effect. Furthermore, the report found that the system is opaque, cumbersome, and open to command pressure.
“Our family and the US government’s long standing position has been that there was never a thorough, credible and transparent investigation. Today’s testimony further confirms that stand,” said Sarah Corrie Simpson, Rachel’s sister.
Attending the trial today were the US Consul General, Andrew Parker, and representatives from Al Haq and Adalah, human rights organizations based respectively in Ramallah and Haifa.
The trial is slated to resume on Monday, September 6 at 9:30 a.m.

NTS Notes:  Is it not obvious?  Israel is continuing to put up roadblocks in this civil lawsuit, knowing that even if they are found guilty, they will never pay any reparations for their murder of Rachel, or if demands for reparations in some form do occur, and Israel is forced to pay, they will just get their slaves in America to foot the bill!

The real farce in all of this is that the US Government truthfully has never demanded a thorough independent investigation into Rachel's murder.  The stooges in the US Government instead have fully supported the Israeli position that it was an "accident" and have blocked any attempts in getting a true independent investigation going!   That shows again how the US Government answers first and foremost to their masters in Israel, and absolutely not to the American people.

Lets hope that some proper justice actually comes out of this lawsuit.  But knowing Israel's long standing belief that they are above any laws, I doubt if any true justice will be seen for Rachel Corrie and her long suffering family.

More to come


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