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#RememberRachel

A tipping point for the BDS movement.

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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.

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Anonymous

Why do the Israeli courts actually have individual trials? Don't they believe in efficiency? They could save a lot of money if they concluded: whatever is done by whomever, if it makes Israel look bad, they're innocent and, if it makes Israel look bad, they're guilty. Actually, why don't they simply cut out the court altogether and turn the entire operation over to the Mossad, which would no doubt cut out another layer of wasteful spending. No doubt victims of such a system would not even try to bring their cases public. Imagine the savings! Maybe a zero-cost court system could be developed!?!

Anonymous

Is it me but, given that this is such a sad event, does the general tone of this remark comes across as a little out of place?

Anonymous

Rachel got murdered and, of course, the Israeli courts said "that's fine". The Israelis also say "that's fine" when Palestinian lands are stolen, their homes are destroyed, and Gaza is turned into a wasteland that may be uninhabitable in 8 years. The Israelis don't recognize Palestinians as people; if they did, we'd see some justice. The Israelis only see Palestinians as a problem to be solved by ANY means--be it lying, stealing, or killing. We (human) bystanders have the duty to witness their crimes and when the time comes deliver justice to these criminals--hopefully in a manner that does not trigger a repetition of the cycle.

Anonymous

For Israelis and the Western lapdog media Palestine does not exist as a nation, until it is accepted as a nation the Israelis will continue to 'steal' the land. Any effort to incorporate Palestein is thwarted with whatever bullshit is required. The World is just too stupid to do something - that's why they are the Chosen.

Anonymous

One of the real crimes is the importation of 1,000,000 Russians to Israel including that piece of shit Lieberman and his Yisrael Beiteinu cronies.

Michelle Lowe

I'm dissapointed by the verdict,but not surprised. Israel will never take responsiblity for any illegal actions they commit.

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