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US: Israel's Inquiry Into Rachel Corrie's Death Not 'Thorough, Credible and Transparent'

- Common Dreams staff

Israel's investigation into the death of Rachel Corrie has failed to be "thorough, credible and transparent," U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told the Corrie family last week.

Shapiro made his comments to Rachel Corrie's parents, Craig and Cindy, and her sister Sarah at the US embassy in Tel Aviv last week.

Amira Hass reports in Haaretz that "The U.S. government’s position is not new to the Corries, but their attorneys said that hearing it only a few days before the verdict was 'important and encouraging,' because it signals to the Corrie family that the U.S. government will continue to demand a full accounting from Israel about their daughter’s killing, regardless of how Judge Oded Gershon rules."

23-year-old Rachel Corrie was killed in 2003 while in Rafah, Gaza while attempting to stop the destruction of a Palestinian home, when a Caterpillar bulldozer crushed her to death.  The IDF has claimed that the driver of the bulldozer didn't see Corrie, who was wearing a fluorescent orange jacket.

In 2005, the Corrie family filed a civil action lawsuit against the state of Israel.

The Guardian reports on the response from the Corrie family:

"The lawsuit is just a small step in our family's nearly decade-long search for truth and justice," said Craig Corrie, Rachel's father. "The mounting evidence presented before the court underscores a broken system of accountability.

"We're responsible as a family to do whatever we can to get at the truth of what happened to Rachel and to try to get some accountability. It's been a very difficult process for us. The testimony by the defence witnesses has been erratic. Their stories never agreed with each other. We hope the judge will reach a reasonable conclusion."

The verdict is expected Tuesday, Aug. 28.