En israelsk dommer kom sist uke til at den amerikanske aktivisten Rachel Corrie hadde seg selv å takke for at hun ble drept av en israelsk bulldozer på Gaza-stripen i 2003.
Corries sak er blitt «emblematic», den er opphøyet til et eksempel på hva den israelske hæren er i stand til. Det er laget teaterstykke av hennes tekster.
Familien gikk til sak mot hæren ved en israelsk domstol. Det er bortimot umulig å vinne frem mot hæren for en israelsk domstol, mener Karl Vick, i Time. Han opplyser at kona tilbød seg å arbeide for familien juridisk. Han målbærer et syn som er sympatisk til Corrie.
Dommeren het Oded Gershon. Trodde familien at det amerikanske statsborgerskapet og Israels nære forhold til USA skulle gjøre utslaget, spør Vick.
The Corrie lawsuit, however, challenged no one’s preconceptions. Rather it extended Rachel Corrie’s mission in life — using the privileges afforded the holder of a U.S. passport to assert rights into the courts where Palestinians rarely have standing (and from which a proposed regulation would bar them altogether). The case took more than six years to complete and with Gershon’s verdict, appeared to end about where it began: the district court judge articulated the widespread Israeli assumption that a misguided young foreigner flirted with death, and lost. “The state did not risk the defendant,” he said. “The defendant risked herself.” Gershon described the group Corrie was with, the International Solidarity Movement, as proterrorist — also a common view in Israel — and insisted that “under no circumstances” were the IDF bulldozers that day aiming to demolish the Palestinian homes the nonviolent activists were aiming to protect.
Abraham H. Miller har et helt annet perspektiv i pajamasmedia.com:
After a lengthy trial, an Israeli court found that the death of International Solidarity Movement activist Rachel Corrie was an accident. Rachel Corrie’s death was an accident, but it was not a tragedy. The tragedy is to be seen in the deaths of all the other Rachels — there are about a dozen of them — and the hundreds of other innocents who died at the hands of the people Rachel Corrie was trying to protect. Rachel Corrie was a willing and active accomplice helping people bent on committing mass murder. If her intended victims were not Jews, the world would not be beatifying her as some sort of saintly peace activist.
The entire Rachel Corrie episode is an encounter with the absurd. Corrie joined the anarchist International Solidarity Movement (ISM), which takes naïve leftists like Corrie and puts them in dangerous situations with the hope that their death or injury will make them poster children for the Palestinian cause. The ISM does not support a two-state solution. The only outcome it envisages to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict is the destruction of the Jewish state and, of course, with it, the Jews. The ISM makes no secret of its goals and aspirations. When Corrie signed on to go to the war zone known as Gaza and stand in front of Israeli bulldozers that were destroying tunnels and homes being used to smuggle and store arms and munitions designed to kill Jews, she knew she was helping mass murderers.
Aktivister har lenge tatt til orde for at kampen mot Israel må bli ikke-voldelig. Corrie ble drept i 2003. I mellomtiden har verden opplevd Gaza-konvoien og forsøket på å bryte blokaden av Gaza. Der fløt aktivisme og vold sammen. Hvis Israel skulle bøye seg for slike metoder ville hæren snart bli satt sjakkmatt. Det er ikke aktuelt. Slike konsekvenser kan ha spilt inn i dommerens vurdering.
Israel leker ikke med sin sikkerhet.
En annen omstendighet: som kjent trakk Israel seg ut av Gaza i 2005. Likefullt fortsatte rakettangrepene og kidnappinger.
An Israeli court rejects a suit filed by the family of an American activist slain by the Israel Defense Forces in 2003
Rachel Corrie Died for Her Parents’ Sins
An Israeli court has found that the death of the International Solidarity Movement activist was an accident.