Rachel Corrie Trial In Israel

(Updated February 17, 2015)

Breaking News: Israeli Supreme Court Dismisses Appeal in Rachel Corrie Case.

Read the Corrie family’s response (Feb. 12, 2015).

See the latest news articles from around the globe.

Link to the ruling Hebrew, English (pdf, 281.22 kB)

Human Rights WatchHuman Rights Watch’s response (Feb. 17, 2015): “This ruling has disturbing implications beyond the Corrie family’s case… ” Read full statement.

Information will also be posted on on Twitter and Facebook. Updates will be added as they become available. Please continue to check back.


Latest Trial Press Release

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    Statement from Corrie family in response to the Israeli Supreme Court’s Dismissal of Appeal in Wrongful Death of Rachel Corrie

    By trial | 02/12/2015

    February 12, 2015

    Today we received word from our attorneys that the Supreme Court of Israel dismissed our appeal in the wrongful death case of our daughter and sister Rachel Corrie.  Our family is disappointed but not surprised. We had hoped for a different outcome, though we have come to see through this experience how deeply all of Israel’s institutions are implicated in the impunity enjoyed by the Israeli military.

    It will take some time before we have ability to read the decision in English and to process all the court has said. Nevertheless, it is clear that this decision, affirming the August 2012 lower court finding, amounts to judicial sanction of immunity for Israeli military forces when they commit injustices and human rights violations.

    The Supreme Court decision ignores international law arguments regarding the protection of civilians and human rights defenders in armed conflict and grossly violates the internationally recognized right to effective remedy.

    The court has determined that our separate case against Dr. Yehuda Hiss and Abu Kabir Institute, regarding inappropriate ways in which Rachel’s autopsy was conducted, may go forward in the lower court. We continue to be appalled that it requires a lawsuit to have a truthful accounting of what occurred, and complete repatriation of Rachel’s remains. Decisions as to next steps will be made by the family in consultation with our attorneys.

    Despite the verdict, our family remains convinced we were correct in bringing this case forward.  The day after Rachel was killed, Prime Minister Sharon promised President Bush a thorough, credible and transparent investigation. Clearly, that standard was not met. The U.S. government continues to call for such an investigation by Israel.  A civil lawsuit cannot substitute for an impartial investigation, but it is the only process through which a family can discover more information and move forward when governments fail to act.

    Rachel’s case provides yet another example of how the Israeli justice system is failing to provide accountability. We urge the international community, and not least the U.S. government, to stand with victims of human rights violations and against impunity, and to uphold fundamental tenets of international justice.

    We are immensely grateful to our attorney Hussein Abu Hussein and to his entire legal team for the decade of work they have contributed to Rachel’s case, and continue to provide.  We are grateful to all of our friends in Palestine, Israel, and elsewhere, who in so many different ways have supported our efforts.

    We have taken this path for Rachel, the daughter and sister we love, lost, and miss. Her spirit lives. She has inspired all of our actions and will continue to do so.


    For the Supreme Court Decision (in Hebrew) see: http://elyon1.court.gov.il/files/12/820/069/v11/12069820.v11.pdf

    For more information about the trial visit: http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/trial

    Media inquiries contact Stacy Sullivan at:

    Phone: 917-971-1003

    E-mail: press@rachelcorriefoundation.org

Trial In The News

 The May 21, 2014 Israeli Supreme Court Appeal:

Members of the Corrie family attended oral appeal arguments before the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem on May 21, 2014.

See joint statement released on May 21, 2014 by international legal and human rights organizations “Human Rights Groups Urge Israel to End Impunity for Killing of Rachel Corrie”.

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See 2014 news articles stemming from the appeal. Read the press release announcing the appeal for background information. Coverage from the 2014 appeal hearing can also be found on Twitter archives.


The August 28, 2012 Israeli District Court Verdict: “A Sad Day for Human Rights”

Much has been published about the 2012 trial court verdict. Click the links below for more details:

Read Attorney Hussein abu Hussein’s response in Haaretz. Watch Cindy Corrie’s press conference statement and read her Seattle Times Op-Ed.

See Legal and Human Rights Organizations’ overwhelming response, including a statement by President Jimmy Carter.

See media reactions to the verdict from around the globe.

See civil society’s response in photos and in a petition delivered to the U.S. government, with over 17,000 signatures and 50 organizations renewing the call for investigation.