Family of Gaza protester killed by bulldozer putting Israel on trial
by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News
Posted on March 3, 2010 at 12:00 PM
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Seven long years after Evergreen College student Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli bulldozer, her family is finally getting their day in court.
Corrie was in Gaza protesting Israel's demolition of Palestinian settlements when she was run over by a bulldozer. Her parents, Craig and Cindy Corrie of Olympia, are leaving for Israel tonight in preparation for a trial later this month.
The Corries are pursuing a civil suit against the Israeli government, saying the soldier driving the bulldozer killed their daughter either intentionally or through negligence.
The couple has a human rights attorney from the Middle East, and the trial will be conducted almost entirely in Hebrew. The family does not know how long the trial will last, but they are hopeful justice will prevail for their daughter.
In 2005, the Corries unsuccessfully sued the maker of the bulldozer, Caterpillar, alleging the sale of the equipment to Israel was tantamount to selling a gun to a murderer.
If you'll look at the top of my page, you'll notice that there is a picture - it's not that easy to make out the image, but it is a picture of Rachel standing defiantly before the bulldozer that would eventually, and painfully, take her life.
Best of luck to the Corries.