Corrie family sues Israel


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The family of Rachel Corrie, a U.S. activist who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza, is suing Israel.

The case is scheduled to be heard March 10 in Haifa.

Four witnesses who were with Corrie when she was killed, members of the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement from Britain and the United States, will testify at the trial, The Guardian reported.

The witnesses had been denied entry to Israel since the incident, but following pressure by the United States they will be permitted to enter so they can testify, according to the newspaper.

Corrie’s parents, Cindy and Craig, will be present in the Israeli courtroom.

A Palestinian doctor from Gaza who treated Corrie after the incident has not been given permission to enter Israel to attend the trial, The Guardian reported.

Corrie, 23, of Olympia, Wash., was wearing an orange vest and attempting to stop a bulldozer from demolishing a Palestinian home when she was killed seven years ago.

An Israeli army investigation following Corrie’s death found that the driver of the bulldozer did not intentionally run her over because he could not see the activist. The report accused Corrie and the International Solidarity Movement of "illegal, irresponsible and dangerous" behavior.

Witnesses say that Corrie was clearly visible and that activists shouted for the bulldozer to stop before it hit her.

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