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Israeli Court Blames Rachel Corrie: She "Put Herself in a Dangerous Situation"

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"'There's a big gap between the organization's declarations and the character of its actions,' Gershon read from the verdict. 'ISM activities include placing activists as human shields for terrorists,' and 'financial, logistical and moral assistance to Palestinians, including terrorists.'"

At a press conference after the verdict was read, Rachel Corrie's mother, Cindy said:

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

The New York Times reported after the verdict:

"Bill Van Esveld of Human Rights Watch called the verdict 'a missed opportunity' for the Israeli Defense Force to reform an investigative system that he characterized as deeply flawed."

Before the Haifa District Court ruling, even the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, a long-time Israeli supplicant, had called the IDF investigation into Rachel Corrie's death, inadequate. By 8 p.m. Tuesday, Israeli time, there had been no further official American response to the district court's ruling.

The diplomatic process between the United States and Israel continue to fail the Corrie family.

The picture of Rachel Corrie above, was taken in 2002, a year before she was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer. The picture was taken by Denny Sternstein for the Associated Press. The family picture from the courtroom in Haifa, is used courtesy of the Rachel Corrie Foundation. The ISM photo earlier appeared on Mondoweiss.

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