Israels Rachel Corrie Verdict Court Rebuffs Case of Slain US Activist
American peace activist Rachel Corrie speaks during an interview with MBC Saudi Arabia television March 14, 2003 in the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. Corrie was run over and killed by an Israeli bulldozer two days later when she tried to stop it from destroying a Palestinian house in Rafah.Coming almost a decade after her death beneath the tracks of an armored Israeli bulldozer in the Gaza Strip, the verdict in the Rachel Corrie case was the farthest thing from a surprise. By the time Israeli judge Oded Gershon gathered his robes about him and took his seat in an airy Haifa courtroom Tuesday morning, the trajectory of the proceedings had emerged across 15 court sessions stretched over two and a half years. On the day of judgment, as during the trial, His Honor stood with the Israel Defense Forces. Israelis overwhelmingly do. "I reject the suit," Gerhson said. "There is no justification the state pay any damages." What followed in the hallway outside moments later was more illuminating than most of what transpired in almost all of the testimony. As camera operators jostled for position, attorneys for the state spoke first — but only in Hebrew. The Corries' lawyer followed in English, then Arabic, and finally in Hebrew. Everyone knew their audience, and where they could get a hearing.
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