Accountability Sought for Killing of U.S. Peace
Activist

by Israeli Bulldozer

CONTACT:  

Jen Nessel, CCR, +1 (212) 614-6449, jnessel@ccrjustice.org 

May 21, 2014, New York, Paris, Gaza, Jerusalem, Ramallah
On the occasion of the appeal in the civil suit filed by the family of Rachel
Corrie against the State of Israel for the death of the 23-year-old human
rights defender, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel,
Al-Haq, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), the International
Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR),
Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, and the Public Committee Against Torture in
Israel (PCATI)  issued the following statement:

Eleven years after Rachel was
crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer, the Corrie family still awaits
accountability from both the Israeli and U.S. governments.  In that time,
more human rights defenders, including U.S. citizens, have been killed and
seriously injured by Israeli forces while standing in solidarity with Palestinians,
just as Rachel was, when she was killed trying to prevent the demolition of
Palestinian homes in Gaza.  Yet neither the Israeli nor the U.S.
government has acted to prevent or redress these human rights violations.

 

The impunity so far enjoyed by
Israel and Israeli officials in the Rachel Corrie case is not an anomaly. 
Impunity reigns when the victim is Palestinian or a foreigner working in
solidarity with Palestinians. Israeli forces subject Palestinians throughout
the Occupied Palestinian Territory on a daily basis to serious violations of
international law, and Palestinian civilians are killed each year without
accountability and redress. Civilians and human rights defenders must be
granted the protections of international law, and all governments must be held
to account when they violate fundamental human rights. In Rachel Corrie’s case,
the Israeli Supreme Court has an opportunity to turn that tide. 

 

The United States government also
has a clear responsibility to protect the lives of its citizens acting as human
rights defenders, and we condemn the deference it has shown to Israel in the
case of Rachel Corrie as well as numerous other U.S. human rights defenders
killed or injured by Israeli forces.  The U.S. must demand real
accountability in all cases involving violations against civilians by
Israeli forces. No family should have to wait eleven years – or more – for
justice. 

 

CCR and PCHR served as co-counsel in the U.S. case, Corrie,
et al. v. Caterpillar
, brought on behalf of the parents of
Rachel Corrie and four Palestinian families.  Many of these human rights
organizations observed trial proceedings in Corrie v. State of Israel in
the district court in Haifa. For more information on the case, visit the Rachel Corrie Foundation.

 

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