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No Justice for Rachel Corrie – or Palestine

18 Mar

CORRIE Rachel Corrie – crushed to death by Israeli military bulldoze 12 years ago – remembered around the world


By Katherine Gallagher, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Huffington Post 16 March 2015

Twelve years ago today, 23-year-old U.S. human rights defender Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while peacefully protecting Palestinian homes in Gaza from demolition. For these past 12 years Rachel’s family has sought accountability for her killing, while also shining a spotlight on Israel’s ongoing violations in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Despite the efforts of the Corrie family — and Palestinian civil society — the record during these years is one of ongoing impunity. We have seen more violations of international law by the Israeli military in the Gaza Strip: In “Operation Cast Lead” (2008 to 2009), an estimated 80 percent of the more than 1,400 Palestinians killed were civilians, and this past summer more than 2,130 Palestinians, including more than 500 children, were killed during a 50-day assault on Gaza. According to the United Nations, at least 142 Palestinian families had three or more members killed in single Israeli attacks. Seventy-three Israelis, of whom seven were civilians, were killed during the conflict last summer. Illegal settlement construction has continued in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, as has the crackdown by Israel of peaceful protests in the occupied Palestinian territory.

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A memorial event for Rachel Corrie – what could go wrong?

17 Mar


VIDEO: Israel soldiers attack Palestinians

US peace activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer as she tried to halt the demolition of Palestinian homes in Gaza on 16 March 2003.

A little memorial event planting olive trees for Rachel Corrie in Qaryout (Nablus) ended abruptly yesterday as Israeli soldiers attacked Palestinians preparing the food. Two were kidnapped, one of them needing medical attention …the incident was captured on amateur video.

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