Case of Yank Crushed by Israeli Bulldozer Heats Up

US activist Rachel Corrie tried to protect Palestinian homes
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2010 2:49 AM CDT
Case of Yank Crushed by Israeli Bulldozer Heats Up
Rachel Corrie's parents, Cindy and Craig, sit with her sister Sarah earlier this year at the District Court in Haifa, northern Israel.   (AP Photo/Moti Milrod)

The parents of a US activist who was crushed by an Israeli military bulldozer may soon meet the operators of the machine that killed their daughter. Rachel Corrie, 23, of Washington state was crushed as she attempted to block a bulldozer razing Palestinian homes in Gaza. Her parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Israeli government that's now moving into its second, critical, stage, and will involve Israeli state witness testimony. "It is clear" the army investigation into Corrie's death seven years ago "was very far from being sufficient, thorough or impartial," said her parents' attorney.

One of the military investigators into the death has revealed that he didn't think it important to question Palestinian eye witnesses or the medical team that treated Corrie, the Guardian reports. Footage of the tragedy is mysteriously missing from Israeli surveillance cameras that operate at the site around the clock. "Being here is emotionally taxing, but we have to do it and have an obligation to the many who cannot," said Corrie's father, Craig. "It is not just about Rachel or our family." (More Arab Israeli conflict stories.)

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