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