No justice for Rachel Corrie

Published: August 29, 2012
An undated handout photo of American activist Rachel Corrie released August 28, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

An undated handout photo of American activist Rachel Corrie released August 28, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS

On August 28, an Israeli judge gave the final verdict in the case of 23-year-old Rachel Corrie, the young American woman who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer, while she tried to protect the demolition of the home of a six-year-old Palestinian girl and her family, in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli judge’s verdict ruled that Israel did not bear responsibility for her death and that it was her own fault for not pulling out of the way. The judge further said the incident was an accident and that the driver of the bulldozer was not able to see Ms Corrie. Prosecutors argued that she was wearing an orange vest, as visible in pictures, and also carried a bullhorn with her — signs that the driver of the bulldozer could not have missed.

The ruling in Ms Corrie’s case epitomises the neglect of the Israeli state in dealing with its rulings fairly and in a manner that critically examines reasons for both the Israeli military and Ms Corrie to react in the ways they did. The state turned a blind eye to Ms Corrie’s request of protecting the home of the Palestinian family and consequently, to her fight for human rights; a move that should not be excusable in any country’s court of law.

This ruling by the Israeli court should alert Pakistan’s own government for its negligence in providing justice to its people in a court of law. Does the state of Pakistan wish to emulate Israel, which failed to provide justice to a person who was fighting for human rights or should we begin adhering to stricter means in order to attain justice in our court rooms, so as not to mirror such governments? It is time to turn an analytical eye towards our own injustices and dishonesty. While Ms Corrie’s lawyer said the family will appeal to the Israeli Supreme Court within 45 days, there is no doubt, in the words of Ms Corrie’s mother, that “the diplomatic process between the United States and Israel failed us”. It failed the whole world, Mrs Corrie.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 30th, 2012.  

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  • sid
    Aug 29, 2012 - 11:00PM

    Israel and Pakistan are only two countries made in the name of religion……..Recommend

    Aug 29, 2012 - 11:22PM

    this proves that not all Americans are like George bush but some are good people with good heart


  • Harry Stone
    Aug 30, 2012 - 8:20AM

    Any other verdict other than the one given would have been an injustice.Recommend

  • shireen khan
    Aug 30, 2012 - 1:41PM

    @ Harry Stone. Does a heart beat in your body or has it turned to stone?? One can understand people’s political leanings, and ensuing prejudices, but to condemn murder of an innocent person is beyond comprehension..One day your child may stand in front of a bulldozer, would you react in a similar fashion if the outcome was the same as Rachel Corrie’s…


  • Cautious
    Aug 30, 2012 - 6:30PM

    I wouldn’t throw in the towel just yet — the Israeli SC has been known to make rulings that upset their military — lets hope this is one of those cases.


  • T Moore
    Aug 30, 2012 - 8:47PM

    She is responsible for her own actions. She injected herself into a foreign conflict that has lasted thousands of years that no one will ever resolve. She ignored US State Department warnings and travel advisories, sided with a foreign terrorist organzation, and entered a war zone. She put herself directly in harm’s way and suffered the consequences. It may be unfortunate, but it was also completely avoidable. After Rachel herself, the Palestinians are at fault for emplying human shields. Not just their own people, but white American recruits as human shields – despicable. ISM activists have suffered ten deaths or serious injuroies/ disfigurement over the last ten years. Anyone participating in these kinds of protests should be well aware of the risks and accept total responsibility for the outcome.


  • nobody
    Sep 1, 2012 - 1:15AM

    Rachel Corrie was killed near the crucifixion place of Jesus (peace be upon him), and she is alive in hearts of us, as Jesus is.
    I hope for a global peace,
    For a world without hegemony,
    A world without hunger and anger,
    A world full of people with equal rights.Recommend

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