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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, free beconase aq who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza seven years ago, free beconase aq 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, free beconase aq which begins on 10 March in Haifa, free beconase aq northern Israel, free beconase aq 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. Free beconase aq Four key witnesses – three Britons and an American – who were at the scene in Rafah when Corrie was killed will give evidence, free beconase aq according the family lawyer, free beconase aq Hussein Abu Hussein. The four were all with the International Solidarity Movement, free beconase aq the activist group to which Corrie belonged. Free beconase aq They have since been denied entry to Israel, free beconase aq and the group's offices in Ramallah have been raided several times in recent weeks by the Israeli military. Now, free beconase aq under apparent US pressure, free beconase aq the Israeli government has agreed to allow them entry so they can testify. Free beconase aq Corrie's parents, free beconase aq Cindy and Craig, free beconase aq will also fly to Israel for the hearing. A Palestinian doctor from Gaza, free beconase aq Ahmed Abu Nakira, free beconase aq who treated Corrie after she was injured and later confirmed her death, free beconase aq has not been given permission by the Israeli authorities to leave Gaza to attend. Abu Hussein, free beconase aq a leading human rights lawyer in Israel, free beconase aq said there was evidence from witnesses that soldiers saw Corrie at the scene, free beconase aq with other activists, free beconase aq 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, free beconase aq as in most of these cases, free beconase aq it found the activity of the army was legal and there was no intentional killing, free beconase aq" he said. Free beconase aq "We would like the court to decide her killing was due to wrong-doing or was intentional." If the Israeli state is found responsible, free beconase aq the family will press for damages. Corrie, free beconase aq who was born in Olympia, free beconase aq Washington, free beconase aq travelled to Gaza to act as a human shield at a moment of intense conflict between the Israeli military and the Palestinians. Free beconase aq On the day she died, free beconase aq when she was 23, free beconase aq she was dressed in a fluorescent orange vest and was trying to stop the demolition of a Palestinian home. Free beconase aq 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. Free beconase aq Instead, free beconase aq it accused her and the International Solidarity Movement of behaviour that was "illegal, free beconase aq irresponsible and dangerous." The army report, free beconase aq obtained by the Guardian in April 2003, free beconase aq 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. Free beconase aq Corrie was struck by dirt and a slab of concrete resulting in her death." Witnesses presented a strikingly different version of events. Free beconase aq Tom Dale, free beconase aq a British activist who was 10m away when Corrie was killed, free beconase aq 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. Free beconase aq She climbed on a mound of earth and the crowd nearby shouted at the bulldozer to stop. Free beconase aq He said the bulldozer pushed her down and drove over her. "They pushed Rachel, free beconase aq first beneath the scoop, free beconase aq then beneath the blade, free beconase aq then continued till her body was beneath the cockpit, free beconase aq" Dale wrote. "They waited over her for a few seconds, free beconase aq before reversing. Free beconase aq They reversed with the blade pressed down, free beconase aq so it scraped over her body a second time. Free beconase aq Every second I believed they would stop but they never did." While she was in the Palestinian territories, free beconase aq Corrie wrote vividly about her experiences. Free beconase aq Her diaries were later turned into a play, free beconase aq My Name is Rachel Corrie, free beconase aq which has toured internationally, free beconase aq including to Israel and the West Bank. Other foreigners killed by Israeli forces Iain Hook, free beconase aq 54, free beconase aq a British UN official, free beconase aq was shot dead by an Israeli army sniper in Jenin in November 2002. Free beconase aq A British inquest found he had been unlawfully killed. Free beconase aq The Israeli government paid an undisclosed sum in compensation to Hook's family. Tom Hurndall, free beconase aq a 22-year-old British photography student, free beconase aq was shot in the head in Rafah, free beconase aq Gaza, free beconase aq in April 2003 while helping to pull Palestinian children to safety. Free beconase aq In August 2005 an Israeli soldier was sentenced to eight years for manslaughter. James Miller, free beconase aq 34, free beconase aq a British cameraman, free beconase aq was shot dead in Gaza in May 2003. Free beconase aq He was leaving the home of a Palestinian family in Rafah refugee camp at night, free beconase aq waving a white flag. Free beconase aq An inquest in Britain found Miller had been murdered. Free beconase aq 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