Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Rachel Corrie's parents to sue Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The family of an American killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza will launch a damages case on Wednesday, stoking controversy over the treatment of pro-Palestinian protesters and angering Israelis frustrated by international criticism.

Rachel Corrie was one of several foreign activists killed in confrontations with Israel in occupied territory in the past decade. Her family is suing for $324,000 in the case, being heard by a court in the city of Haifa.

The Israeli army says Corrie, 23, a member of the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement, was fatally struck by a concrete slab on March 17, 2003, as a bulldozer cleared a militant hideout in the Gaza area. [Washington post lies , it was a house and had no military function]

Corrie's family, citing witness accounts, has charged the Israeli driver must have spotted her before moving the blade in her direction.

Revival of her case was expected to stoke anger in a nation still reeling from a scathing United Nations report alleging both the Israeli army and Palestinian militants committed war crimes during the 2008-9 Israel-Gaza conflict.

Steven Plaut, an Israeli from Haifa, charged in a column for the Jewish Press newspaper that Corrie's parents were a "two-person anti-Israel propaganda SWAT team" who supported Israel's enemies. [When will the world give the Zionists the middle finger and say ENOUGH lies]

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