Bulldozer driver testifies in Corrie case


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli soldier who ran over American activist Rachel Corrie with a bulldozer in Gaza testified in a Haifa courtroom.

The soldier, who has never been charged or tried in the death of the 23-year-old activist, and whose identity has never been revealed, testified hidden behind a wooden partition, just a few feet from Corrie’s parents.

The civil wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Corrie’s parents against Israel’s Defense Ministry has been ongoing since March.

Corrie was run over and killed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza in 2003 as she attempted to prevent a Palestinian home from being demolished along with other members of the International Solidarity Movement. The driver said he did not see her, and her death was ruled an accident by the Israeli military.

The Corries were unsuccessful in a lawsuit against Caterpillar Inc., the American company that manufactured the bulldozer.

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