They waited over nine years for justice. The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice (RCFPJ) supports it. Its mission and guiding principles state:
The Foundation continues what Rachel began. It reflects "her vision, spirit, and creative energy...." It supports "build(ing) understanding, respect, and appreciation for differences, and that promote cooperation within and between local and global communities."
The New York Times, America's newspaper of record, at first reported nothing. Belated coverage appeared. Online AM editions excluded it. The Washington Post ran an AP piece. Front page headlines omitted it.
AP said "(a)n Israeli court on Monday rejected a lawsuit brought against the military by the parents of a U.S. activist crushed to death by an army bulldozer during a 2003 demonstration, ruling the army was not at fault for her death."
Rachel was in plain sight. Her bright orange vest and bullhorn made her easy to spot. The soldier-operator lied. He knew she protected a Palestinian home with her body. He claimed he didn't see her.
Israel called Rachel's death accidental. A sham investigation report said:
"Rachael Corrie was not run over by an engineering vehicle but rather was struck by a hard object, most probably a slab or concrete which was moved or slid down while the mound of earth which she was standing behind was moved."
She and others with her were accused of "illegal, irresponsible and dangerous" behavior.
Cindy and Craig sued for justice. Israeli district court judge Oded Gershon contemptuously justified murder. "I reject the suit," he said. "There is no justification to demand the state pay any damages."
He claimed Rachel "put herself in a dangerous situation." He called her death "an accident she brought upon herself." Blame the victim is Israeli policy.
He said the IDF conducted a proper investigation. It whitewashed Rachel's death. It absolved cold blooded murder. So did judge Gershon. He rejected her family's symbolic suit for $1 in damages plus legal expenses.
Family lawyer Hussein Abu Hussein called the verdict "blam(ing) the victim." His full statement was as follows:
"While not surprising, this verdict is yet another example of where impunity has prevailed over accountability and fairness. Rachel Corrie was killed while non-violently protesting home demolitions and injustice in Gaza, and today, this court has given its stamp of approval to flawed and illegal practices that failed to protect civilian life."
"In this regard, the verdict blames the victim based on distorted facts and it could have been written directly by the state attorneys."
"We knew from the beginning that we had an uphill battle to get truthful answers and justice, but we are convinced that this verdict distorts the strong evidence presented in court, and contradicts fundamental principles of international law with regard to protection of human rights defenders."
"In denying justice in Rachel Corrie's killing, this verdict speaks to the systemic failure to hold the Israeli military accountable for continuing violations of basic human rights."