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