‘The death of 23-year-old American peace activist Rachel Corrie was a”regrettable accident”, an Israeli court has ruled, in a verdict that was neither surprising nor unfamiliar.
Corrie was crushed by an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) bulldozer razing Palestinian homes on March 16, 2003. She was among a group of international peace activists volunteering in the Gaza Strip to protect Palestinian houses from demolition. The student from Washington State was standing in front of a home in the Rafah refugee camp when the armoured bulldozer ploughed through it.
Wearing a bright orange jacket with reflective stripes, eyewitnesses said Corrie was completely visible to the driver, who failed to stop and ran over her twice. The Israeli army said the driver’s vision was restricted.’