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Israeli Court to Prosecute Rachel Corrie for Her Own Murder

Israeli judge Oded Gershon of the Haifa District Court ruled today that the Israeli soldier driving the bulldozer that crushed Rachel Corrie in 2003 was not at fault for her death, but rather that Rachel herself was responsible.  Accordingly, Ms. Corrie will be indicted for her own murder and tried in absentia. She faces a potential penalty of life in prison.

According to the soldier, he did not see Ms. Corrie at the time.

“I saw her before the unfortunate incident, and afterwards, when her friends dug her out of the flattened earth.  However, I could not possibly have seen her at the time of her death, because my bulldozer was on top of her, and no one can see what is underneath a bulldozer while operating it.  Furthermore, her reflective jacket was blinding me and the sound of her bullhorn was interfering with my concentration.

“Naturally, I would have prevented this terrible accident if I could, but she was only one hundred feet in front of me when I first saw her, and I was probably traveling at a speed of two miles per hour.  At that rate I would have covered the distance between me and her in less than sixty seconds and therefore have been unable to stop in time even if I had applied the brakes.”

Judge Gershon also ruled that Ms. Corrie was not killed by a bulldozer, but rather by a slab of concrete that fell on her, but which fled the scene after the bulldozer ran over them both.  Nevertheless, Ms. Corrie was indicted for reckless endangerment of herself leading to her death.  Judge Gershon is a former military judge who also serves as an inspirational speaker on military values.  He discounted rumors of his previous service as a bulldozer operator and representative for Caterpillar Corporation.

According to May Kempay, the prosecutor assigned to the case, it appears that Ms. Corrie placed herself in front of the bulldozer expecting to be treated with compassion, in defiance of all experience to the contrary.  She had seen enough Israeli military actions to appreciate the callous indifference of the bulldozer operator, which she chose to ignore, and for this reason deserved to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

In a related development, it was reported that the case of Tom Hurndall would be reviewed under appeal to the High Court.  Hurndall was mortally wounded by an Israeli army sniper while trying to bring Palestinian children to safety.  However, the purpose of the review would be to determine if he had recklessly endangered himself by placing his head in the path of an otherwise harmless Israeli bullet.

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11 Responses to Israeli Court to Prosecute Rachel Corrie for Her Own Murder

  1. Eileen Fleming August 28, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    Dear Barb,

    Can you please barb the ongoing injustices done unto Israel’s Nuclear Whistle Blower, Mordechai Vanunu who is still waiting for his right to leave the Apartheid Zionist state?

    LOTS here:

    • Barb Weir August 28, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

      Thanks for the suggestion, Eileen. I am truly blessed with unlimited sources of injustice and hypocrisy for inspiration.

  2. Ariadna Theokopoulos August 28, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    Barb, do you remember the…. well, let’s say, imprecations you posted once to test the permissiveness of deLib?
    I would have enjoyed an encore from you right now–a long string of those — on this topic. It is too suffocatingly revolting for anything else. Cannot imagine how her parents feel.

    • Barb Weir August 29, 2012 at 12:10 am #

      Well put, Ariadna.

      I felt compelled to write this, but very conflicted about posting it. As I’m sure you have noticed, there is an undertone of bitterness in my pieces that rose to the surface in this one more than most.

      I certainly don’t want to disrespect Craig and Cindy Corrie, and even less Rachel, but I couldn’t express the vileness of the people and system that trampled Rachel and her memory without carrying it to lengths that some might find in poor taste. However, I hope it was successful in conveying my disgust.

      • Ariadna Theokopoulos August 29, 2012 at 1:32 am #

        I wrote the post to which you responded before Richard posted his “No Right to Exist.” Now we know what her parents though from the video with Rachel’s mother’s reaction:
        “A bad day for humanity.” Indeed.

  3. who_me August 29, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    the israelis would do such a thing – and also sue her family. the u.s. congress would then pass a law making her family terrorists, send them off to the guantanamo torture/concentration/death camp and order her family’s possessions confiscated. then sell them off and hand the proceeds over to israel.

    none of the above would surprise me if israel or its testes-free american colony did any of these things.

    • Barb Weir September 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

      Are these not necessary to preserve Jewish and American democracies? Please don’t give them too many ideas. I’ve already done enough damage.

  4. etominusipi August 29, 2012 at 2:27 am #


    Leon Jagodowicz Jr, Ph.D.
    ROOM 101,

    when tragedy strikes it is an all-too-human response to let the emotion of grief obscure the cool light of reason. this in turn may lead us to attach blame to innocent parties.

    i am not authorised to comment on the tragic case of any individual suicide protester. these are often idealistic young people who are lamentably ignorant of the facts on the ground. perhaps they do not realise the immense security threat they pose in a tiny country surrounded by bloodthirsty neighbours armed to the teeth with such dangerous innovations as the lethal Russian K112F kamni (manually-launched litho-weapons, with multiple warheads) which have found their way in to the hands of marauding gangs of five-year old Palestinian thugs – thugs with no political agenda who aim only to murder and terrorise innocent Ashkenazi settler-folk striving to raise families and to peacefully work on their hard-won land.

    a technical point may further clarify some misapprehensions.

    the IDF-D9L001 is indeed a military bulldozer, but, like the one pictured in Ms Weir’s article, these particular heavy-duty bulldozers are often modified to make them safe for humanitarian missions.

    in practice the most common operational role of the modified D9L001s is for the assisted translocation of non-Jewish residents who find themselves quartered in unsuitable dwellings which have become so dangerous that they must be immediately demolished.

    on occasion, as any qualified architect or engineer would immediately acknowledge, the danger is so imminent that there is no time to safely evacuate the residents – such cases, reported by unscrupulous foreign journalists, have been used out of context.

    we saw an essentially similar live demolition when 19 Arab terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Centre.

    yet no-one blames Israel for 911! so it is a painful irony to see these humanitarian IDF operations described in the hostile Palestinian-controlled world media circus as the deliberate killing of Palestinians.

    as Mr Netanyahu re-iterated yesterday, ever since the Olmert-Begin code of practice was introduced two decades ago safety of non-Jewish residents is always the top priority for IDF platoons engaged in translocations. it is hardly Israel’s fault if in some circumstances the safest option for a non-Jewish inhabitant of a condemned dwelling is to be bulldozed to death.

    alas in a crazy world increasingly given over to anti-semitic hate speech such ‘ironies’ are becoming all too common.

    • Barb Weir September 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

      This is very informative, and goes to show that as a friend once cautioned me, yesterday’s satire is today’s reality in Israel, and today’s satire is only a matter of timing.

  5. Ariadna Theokopoulos August 29, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    Rachel and the boy shot in front of his father’s eyes:

    are examples topics I find hard to deal with in any other way except straight on vituperation. But that’s just me.

    • Barb Weir September 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

      I get it, but for those who don’t, the absurdity of satire is sometimes a way to break through their prejudices, if only momentarily.