Rachel Corrie Trial In Israel
(Updated October 8, 2012)
Breaking News: Corrie Verdict “A Sad Day for Human Rights”
President Carter’s statement: “The killing of an American peace activist is unacceptable. The court’s decision confirms a climate of impunity, which facilitates Israeli human rights violations against Palestinian civilians…”
UN human rights expert Richard Falk: “The judge’s decision represents a defeat for justice and accountability, and a victory for impunity for the Israeli military. Such a shocking rationale flies directly in the face of the Geneva Conventions…”
See “Trial in the News” for reactions from around the globe.
(Haifa, Israel – August 28, 2012) – 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.
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 Response to Verdict: See the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and End the Occupation’s Joint Action Alert: Urge U.S. Investigation of Corrie’s Death
Lend your voice to the larger non-violent struggle for justice and equal rights in the region: See photos in response to verdict.