Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Corrie family in Israel for lawsuit against Israeli government

7 years after U.S. peace activist Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by a Caterpillar D-9 bulldozer driven by the Israeli military, the Corrie family is in Israel pursuing a civil suit against the Israeli Defense Minister.
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviewed Rachel's parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, and her sister, Sarah Corrie Simpson, before they left the United States: The story of the trial was also featured prominently on, and Al Jazeera English carried an interview with the Corries:
The Rachel Corrie Foundation, a member group of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, have issued a call for action on March 16, which marks 7 years since Rachel's death. You can see the call to action below, and you can also find resources for action on the US Campaign website and learn more about the campaign to stop Caterpillar's complicity in the Israeli occupation, including the use of Caterpillar bulldozers during Operation Cast Lead.
This month, a civil lawsuit in Israel in the case of our daughter Rachel Corrie will converge with the seven-year anniversary of her killing in Gaza. A human rights observer and activist, Rachel, 23, was crushed to death by an Israel Defense Force (IDF) Caterpillar D9R bulldozer as she tried nonviolently to offer protection for a Palestinian family whose home was threatened with demolition. This lawsuit is one piece of our family’s seven-year effort to pursue accountabiliy for Rachel while, also, challenging the Occupation that claimed her life.
International Day of Conscience – Rachel Corrie Day of Action – Be Visible
In what some will mark as an “International Day of Conscience,” on March 16 (or in days before and after) please help us bring attention to the trial in Israel in Rachel's case and the larger, but connected, issues. Try to be visible - in events, vigils, and actions that call for truth, accountability and justice, in Rachel’s case and link to the following:
Lack of accountability for thousands of lives lost, or indelibly injured, by occupation—in a besieged and beleaguered Gaza and throughout Palestine/Israel.
The Israeli Government and Military assault on nonviolent human rights activists (Palestinian, Israeli, and international).
Lack of access for Palestinians to Israeli courts.
Help us make your effort visible.
Post your event/activity at the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation website: List it as a March 16-Rachel Corrie Day of Action event. Send word of your event to
Break the Gaza Blockade – Contact the White House
Comment line: 202-456-1111
 FAX: 202-456-2461 E-mail at
On March 16th please contact the White House and tell President Obama that if Israel will not break the siege of Gaza, then the United States must do so. Call for the United States to break the Gaza blockade, provide immediate humanitarian aid, and urge Special Envoy Mitchell to visit Gaza. See Congressman Brian Baird's call (after his recent visit to Gaza) for the U.S. to end the blockade.
For information about the trial in Rachel Corrie's case in Haifa District Court in Israel, beginning Wednesday, March 10, and to sign up for trial alerts, please visit the Rachel Corrie Foundation website at
Please pass the word along to others!
We expect this to be a challenging time, but the friendship we have felt from so many of you over the years will help us navigate the weeks ahead. Though the course and outcome of
the trial are unknown, we welcome the opportunity to raise and highlight many of the critical issues to which Rachel's case is linked. Thank you for your continuing support.
In solidarity and with much appreciation,
Cindy & Craig Corrie