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Israeli Court Legitimizes Murder

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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:

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"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."

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"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."

"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."

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

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