Court Decision on Rachel Corrie's Case Postponed.
; PNN On Tuesday, April 10th, an Israeli court postponed a final
decision regarding the civil plea submitted against Israel in the
killing of the American peace activist, Rachel Corrie. The decision,
which was supposed to be issued at the end of April, has been pushed
back for several months. Rachel Corrie is a human rights activist who
was killed on March 16, 2003 in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip, after she was
crushed by an Israeli D-9R caterpillar bulldozer during a peaceful
demonstration protesting against the demolish of Palestinian houses.
Rachel was from Olympia City, Washington. She was 23 years old when she
was killed. In 2005, Lawyer Hussein Abu Hussein brought a case against
the State of Israel on behalf of Rachel's family, condemning Israel
for its role in their daughter's killing. The oral arguments of the
case started on March 10, 2010 and lasted for 15 sessions. The jury
listened to 23 witnesses. Their testimonies written in the court record
comprised over 2,000 pages. All the witnesses for the prosecution
publicly announced their names. Four of them were activists with the
International Solidarity Movement who witnessed Rachel's death.
Most of the witnesses for the Israeli government announced only their
initials and were hidden from view while at the stand. The American
ambassador and several local and international legal and human rights
institutions accompanied Corrie's family to the hearing sessions.
At the last court session on July 10, 2011, Judge Oded Gershon of the
Central Court of Haifa set a deadline for the two prosecutors to submit
their closing arguments and announced that he will issue a decision on
April 23, 2012. Today's announcement by the court to postpone a
final decision was made after delayed submission of the final arguments
by lawyers involved with the case.
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