An Israeli court has ruled that Israel is not responsible for the death of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old activist who was killed while protesting the destruction of Palestinian homes in Rafah, a town in the Gaza Strip. According to an International Business Times (IBT) report, judge Oded Gershon ruled in Haifia that Corrie was protecting terrorists in a warzone, and that the Israeli state can not be held liable for damages occurring during wartime actions. It was stated that Corrie had placed herself in a dangerous situation, and could have avoided the danger. From Gershon’s decision:
The claim that the deceased was intentionally hit by the bulldozer is totally baseless…this was an extremely unfortunate accident.
Corrie died in 2003 after being run over by an Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) bulldozer. She was in Israel with the International Solidarity Movement, She had knelt down in front of Palestinian homes that were being demolished, in protest over the destruction of those homes to make way for Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip. Her death sparked outrage among international pro-palestinian groups and her parents sued Israel for negligence, asking, according to IBT, for legal expenses and the symbolic reward of $1.
The Corrie’s maintain that the Israeli government failed to follow up with a thorough investigation of their daughter’s death. The family’s lawyer, Abu Hussein, believes the ruling is another example of the Israeli military not being held accountable, and pointed out that the ruling could be seen as victim-blaming.