An Israel judge has ruled that the killing of Rachel Corrie was not a crime.
Corrie was a 23 year old Palestine solidarity activist from America who was run over by a military bulldozer while defending a Gaza home from an illegal demolition. The verdict, which comes at a time of growing attacks by Israel settlers and youth, has sent shockwaves across the world.
Former President Jimmy Carter immediately condemned the ruling: “The court’s decision confirms a climate of impunity, which facilitates Israeli human rights violations against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Territory.” Gideon Levy, a columnist for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, concurred: “The judge in Haifa added his verdict to a long and embarrassing list of court rulings aimed at sanctioning almost every kind of improper act committed by the IDF. The message is clear: Israel doesn’t want people of conscience at a time when it is doing mischief… And the message to the soldiers is: It is permitted to kill them; nothing bad will happen to you…” Richard Falk, United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, said the verdict was a “defeat for justice” that provides further evidence that Israel “consistently embraces impunity and non-accountability in responding to well-documented violations of international humanitarian law and in many cases Israel’s own criminal law.”
The developments of the last few weeks may finally be a tipping point for international opinion. #RememberRachel is going viral on Twitter as calls for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) grow.