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U.S. Backs Corrie Family Suit

Sister says a U.S. official encouraged it

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Rachel Corrie’s parents(Wikimedia Commons)

In a pretty epic case of burying the lede (though it is in the headline), Haaretz published a profile of Sarah Corrie Simpson, the sister of Rachel Corrie, while waiting until the penultimate paragraph to reveal the real scoop: that (according to Simpson) an unnamed U.S. government official encouraged the Corrie family to sue the Israeli government over her sister’s death (which it did, last month)—was, in fact, the first person or entity to do so.

Rachel Corrie, then 23, was killed in 2003 by an Israeli bulldozer while protesting in Gaza. The facts in dispute concern whether Corrie’s death took place in an active combat zone, and how visible Corrie made herself to the bulldozer’s driver. An Israeli probe cleared the driver and the authorities; the Corries, as well as U.S. authorities, don’t fully buy it. The civil trial is currently going on in Haifa District Court.

Corrie’s Sister to Haaretz: U.S. Encouraged Family to Sue Israel [Haaretz]

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Ruth Gutmann says:

The facts in the case itself are far from clear. But why should it surprise or even shock you that some US official “encouraged” her parents to take the Israeli government to court?

First, it cannot be a secret to you that not all US officials are lovers of their Israeli counterparts, and second, don’t Americans also go to court for anything and everything they can possibly think up?

Alexander Diamond says:

If the Corrie’s tragic loss had happened anywhere else in the Middle East do you think that they would have the same recourse to law? I think not. And if it were your child what would you do?

Bet the pro arab state department is behind this. And having read the Israel side of it, it seems she was really being very careless in standing in front of a bulldozer like that….it was a terrible tragic accident that never had to happen. If only the Arab middle east would accept a Jewish state, if only they would give Palestinians born and raised in Jordan or Egypt or Lebanon citizenship instead of using them in a proxy war against the Jews, if only the EU would stop funding terrorist NGOs and the corrupt UN, if only, if only….then this horrible thing need never have happened. Sad but I don’t think much will change anytime soon. Anti semitism is a light sleeper….and is now waking up with a vengence. Naive people like the Corrie’s are also victims.

Bryna Weiss says:

Whatever you think of this tragic death, (and I believe this young woman to have been irrresposible and careless), it is completely inappropriate, if not downright illegal, for a government official to recommend suiing the government of another friendly nation. He should be fired.

Lee Jaffe says:

Even if a court is able to determine irrefutable facts about what happened or, even more problematically, can assign responsibility for Corrie’s death, I don’t think this case will put an end to the matter. The anger and frustration on both sides about house demolitions vs. weapons smuggling, which are at the heart of the case, won’t be resolved. And nothing will bring the their daughter back. I think it worth asking, of the hundreds, perhaps thousands of innocent children who’ve died in this conflict, what makes this one special? I harbor a suspicion that what fuels interest in Corrie’s story is a form of 21st century blood libel. Beyond the personal tragedy, Corrie’s story survives because she has become a symbol to be used to demonize Israel.


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U.S. Backs Corrie Family Suit

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