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"We would like to thank everyone who supported the family and the legal team; including activists, NGOs, legal observers, US embassy officials, interpreters, reporters who covered the trial, and we look forward to talking to you at the press conference."

Addressing reporters, Hussein called the ruling "a black day for activists of human rights and people who believe in values of dignity."

Cindy and Craig will appeal to Israel's Supreme Court. They'll continue speaking publicly about Rachel, they said. They won't let her death be in vain. They criticized Israel's failure to properly investigate.

"A civil lawsuit is not a substitute for a legal investigation, which we never had," said Cindy. "The diplomatic process between the United States and Israel failed us. Rachel's killing could have been and should have been avoided."

"We're deeply troubled by what we heard today," she added. "From the beginning, it was clear to us that there was".a well-heeled system to protect the Israeli military, the soldiers who conduct actions".to provide them with impunity at the cost of all the civilians who are impacted by what they do."

Israel "worked extremely hard so that the truth behind what happened to my daughter is not exposed."

"I believe this is a bad day not only for our family, but".for human rights, for humanity, for the rule of law, and also for the country of Israel."

According to Human Rights Watch representative Bill Van Esveld:

"The idea that there can be no fault for killing civilians in a combat operation contradicts Israel's international legal obligations to spare civilians from harm during armed conflict and to credibly investigate and punish violations by its force."

"Military investigators repeatedly failed to take statements from witnesses, to follow up with the witness's lawyer and to re-interview witnesses to clarify discrepancies."

In March 2010, multiple oral testimony sessions began. In July 2011, they concluded. They produced over 2,000 pages of court transcripts. Witnesses were flown in. Israeli ones appeared behind screens to conceal their identities. Criminals and supporters sought anonymity.

Cindy and Craig drained their savings. They spent about $200,000 on travel, legal costs, translation services, and other expenses. Their struggle for justice continues.

Sarah Corrie Simpson met with representatives in over 200 congressional offices. She said:

"I hope someday (the bulldozer operator) will have the courage to sit down in front of me and tell me what he saw and what he feels."

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