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Rachel Corrie's family bring civil suit over her murder in Gaza http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_qUFDMUpk9jE/ScCbQnSD-RI/AAAAAAAAQpE/fDgZcvepqR4/s400/1237315008rachel_corrie_smiles.jpg Parents want case to highlight events that led to American activist's death under Israeli army bulldozer Peace activist Rachel Corrie died while protesting in front of a bulldozer trying to destroy a Palestinian home in Rafah in March 2003. The family of the American activist Rachel Corrie, casodex free sample who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza seven years ago, casodex free sample is to bring a civil suit over her death against the Israeli defence ministry. http://anikakhan.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/rachel-corrie-flag-shrouded.jpgThe case, casodex free sample which begins on 10 March in Haifa, casodex free sample northern Israel, casodex free sample is seen by her parents as an opportunity to put on public record the events that led to their daughter's death in March 2003. Casodex free sample Four key witnesses – three Britons and an American – who were at the scene in Rafah when Corrie was killed will give evidence, casodex free sample according the family lawyer, casodex free sample Hussein Abu Hussein. The four were all with the International Solidarity Movement, casodex free sample the activist group to which Corrie belonged. Casodex free sample They have since been denied entry to Israel, casodex free sample and the group's offices in Ramallah have been raided several times in recent weeks by the Israeli military. Now, casodex free sample under apparent US pressure, casodex free sample the Israeli government has agreed to allow them entry so they can testify. Casodex free sample Corrie's parents, casodex free sample Cindy and Craig, casodex free sample will also fly to Israel for the hearing. A Palestinian doctor from Gaza, casodex free sample Ahmed Abu Nakira, casodex free sample who treated Corrie after she was injured and later confirmed her death, casodex free sample has not been given permission by the Israeli authorities to leave Gaza to attend. Abu Hussein, casodex free sample a leading human rights lawyer in Israel, casodex free sample said there was evidence from witnesses that soldiers saw Corrie at the scene, casodex free sample with other activists, casodex free sample well before the incident and could have arrested or removed her from the area before there was any risk of her being killed. "After her death the military began an investigation but unfortunately, casodex free sample as in most of these cases, casodex free sample it found the activity of the army was legal and there was no intentional killing, casodex free sample" he said. Casodex free sample "We would like the court to decide her killing was due to wrong-doing or was intentional." If the Israeli state is found responsible, casodex free sample the family will press for damages. Corrie, casodex free sample who was born in Olympia, casodex free sample Washington, casodex free sample travelled to Gaza to act as a human shield at a moment of intense conflict between the Israeli military and the Palestinians. Casodex free sample On the day she died, casodex free sample when she was 23, casodex free sample she was dressed in a fluorescent orange vest and was trying to stop the demolition of a Palestinian home. Casodex free sample She was crushed under a military Caterpillar bulldozer and died shortly afterwards. A month after her death the Israeli military said an investigation had determined its troops were not to blame and said the driver of the bulldozer had not seen her and did not intentionally run her over. Casodex free sample Instead, casodex free sample it accused her and the International Solidarity Movement of behaviour that was "illegal, casodex free sample irresponsible and dangerous." The army report, casodex free sample obtained by the Guardian in April 2003, casodex free sample said she "was struck as she stood behind a mound of earth that was created by an engineering vehicle operating in the area and she was hidden from the view of the vehicle's operator who continued with his work. Casodex free sample Corrie was struck by dirt and a slab of concrete resulting in her death." Witnesses presented a strikingly different version of events. Casodex free sample Tom Dale, casodex free sample a British activist who was 10m away when Corrie was killed, casodex free sample wrote an account of the incident two days later. He described how she first knelt in the path of an approaching bulldozer and then stood as it reached her. Casodex free sample She climbed on a mound of earth and the crowd nearby shouted at the bulldozer to stop. Casodex free sample He said the bulldozer pushed her down and drove over her. "They pushed Rachel, casodex free sample first beneath the scoop, casodex free sample then beneath the blade, casodex free sample then continued till her body was beneath the cockpit, casodex free sample" Dale wrote. "They waited over her for a few seconds, casodex free sample before reversing. Casodex free sample They reversed with the blade pressed down, casodex free sample so it scraped over her body a second time. Casodex free sample Every second I believed they would stop but they never did." While she was in the Palestinian territories, casodex free sample Corrie wrote vividly about her experiences. Casodex free sample Her diaries were later turned into a play, casodex free sample My Name is Rachel Corrie, casodex free sample which has toured internationally, casodex free sample including to Israel and the West Bank. Other foreigners killed by Israeli forces Iain Hook, casodex free sample 54, casodex free sample a British UN official, casodex free sample was shot dead by an Israeli army sniper in Jenin in November 2002. Casodex free sample A British inquest found he had been unlawfully killed. Casodex free sample The Israeli government paid an undisclosed sum in compensation to Hook's family. Tom Hurndall, casodex free sample a 22-year-old British photography student, casodex free sample was shot in the head in Rafah, casodex free sample Gaza, casodex free sample in April 2003 while helping to pull Palestinian children to safety. Casodex free sample In August 2005 an Israeli soldier was sentenced to eight years for manslaughter. James Miller, casodex free sample 34, casodex free sample a British cameraman, casodex free sample was shot dead in Gaza in May 2003. Casodex free sample He was leaving the home of a Palestinian family in Rafah refugee camp at night, casodex free sample waving a white flag. Casodex free sample An inquest in Britain found Miller had been murdered. Casodex free sample Last year Israel paid about £1.5m in damages to Miller's family. Original source : http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/feb/23/corrie-death-law-case