Family of Rachel Corrie Claim Israel Withheld Information on Her Death

Father of the ISM activist, Craig Corrie accuses IDF officials of providing incomplete video footage, placing Rachel in a different place than one where she was actually killed by bulldozer in 2003.

The family of Rachel Corrie, the Palestinian rights activist who was killed while protesting in Gaza in 2003, has claimed that the Israel Defense Forces authorities withheld information regarding the activist’s death, according to a report by the Guardian.

Corrie, a U.S. citizen and International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist, was 24 when she was struck and killed in 2003 by a bulldozer as she and other activists tried to stop Israel from razing homes in Rafah by using their bodies as human shields.

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Craig Corrie, Rachel’s father, told a press conference in Jerusalem on Monday that the video footage provided by the IDF that was taken from a surveillance camera near the site of his daughter’s death was “incomplete”, the Guardian report said.

The senior Corrie went on to claim that additional video material obtained by the family showed the ISM activist’s body in a different location than the one identified by IDF commanders to U.S. officials, leading him to allege that Israel providing misleading information to the U.S. regarding Rachel’s position when she was killed, the report said.

Israel has conducted its own military investigation, which concluded that the driver didn’t see her, making her death an accident. The Corries have rejected this and have since launched a civil case against Israel asking the Israel Defense Ministry for unspecified compensation for Rachel’s death.

Israel maintains its position that Rachel, who attempted to act as a human shield, is liable for her death.

The verdict of the civil case will be released in April.

The Corries have also unsuccessfully launched a suit against Caterpillar Inc., the U.S. company that manufactured the bulldozer.