Showing posts with label Corrie trial. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Corrie trial. Show all posts

Monday, July 11, 2011

Col. Pinhas Zuaretz Will Testify on July 10 in Final Hearing in Corrie Trial


The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice is a coalition member of the US Campaign.

Corrie Family and Legal Team to Hold Press Conference Monday, July 11, at American Colony Hotel, Jerusalem

(Haifa, Israel - July 7, 2011) - Former Gaza Division's Southern Brigade Commander, Colonel Pinhas (Pinky) Zuaretz - the final witness in the case - is scheduled to testify Sunday, July 10, in the Corrie civil trial against the State of Israel.

Colonel Zuaretz was the commanding officer of the Israeli military's Gaza Division's Southern Brigade in 2003, when American peace activist Rachel Corrie was killed. Troops under his command were responsible for the actions resulting in her killing. Zuaretz is the highest ranking officer called as a government witness in the civil trial who had command responsibility in Gaza. He is possibly the highest such officer ever to face cross examination in a civil suit regarding the actions of the Israeli military against civilians in Gaza during the second intifada. His testimony is expected to shed light on the Israeli military's failures as an occupying power to protect civilian life and property in the region.

The lawsuit, filed in 2005 by Attorney Hussein abu Hussein, charges the State of Israel with responsibility for killing Rachel in Rafah, Gaza in 2003. Since the trial opened in March 2010, 14 hearings have been held, with over 2000 pages of court transcripts recorded from 22 testimonies - including that of 14 Israeli Military personnel, and four peace activist eye-witnesses with the International Solidarity Movement. Most government witnesses for the State of Israel were identified only by their initials, and many testified while hidden behind a screen. Each hearing was attended by officials from the American Embassy, numerous observers from legal and human rights organizations, and members of the Corrie family.

Craig and Cindy Corrie, Rachel's parents, will hold a press conference on Monday, July 11, at 11:00 AM at the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem to discuss the conclusion of this phase of the case, as well as next steps in their efforts to seek accountability for their daughter's killing. They will be joined by their other daughter, Sarah Corrie Simpson and Attorney Hussein Abu Hussein. The press conference will be held in English, with attorneys available at the conclusion for brief interviews in both Arabic and Hebrew.

Court proceedings on Sunday, July 10, will begin at 12:00 noon in the courtroom of Judge Oded Gershon, 6th floor, Haifa District Court, 12 Palyam St., Haifa, Israel.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Guardian publishes Cindy Corrie on U.S. complicity in collective punishment


The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice is a coalition member of the US Campaign. The US Boat to Gaza--The Audacity of Hope--is also.

US collusion in the Gaza blockade is an affront to human rights 


My daughter's death shows the cruelty of an America that won't protect its own and is complicit in harming Palestinian civilians

By Cindy Corrie, in The Guardian
July 8, 2011

When Greek authorities prevented the US ship the Audacity of Hope leaving its port in Athens this week, they dealt a blow to a group of brave and principled Americans who were trying to carry thousands of letters from US citizens to those who wait on Gaza's shores.

I know many of the people who were on this boat, and my family's letter was part of their cargo. In 2003 my daughter Rachel Corrie made her journey to Gaza and was run down and killed by a US-made Israeli military Caterpillar D-9 bulldozer. She was trying to protect a Gazan family and their home, one of thousands illegally destroyed in Israeli military clearing operations.
Now my family is on a parallel journey with those activists as we return this week to Israeli court to confront Colonel Pinhas Zuaretz, the commanding officer of the Gaza Division's Southern Brigade in 2003. His testimony should shed light not only on actions of troops responsible for Rachel's killing but also on the Israeli military's broad failures as an occupying power to protect civilian life and property.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

In court, IDF's latest "expert" witness vilifies nonviolent accompaniers

By Cindy & Craig Corrie, of the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace & Justice, a US Campaign member organization
May 25, 2011

The lengthy civil trial in Israel in the case of Rachel Corrie continued Sunday, May 22, with former IDF spokeswoman Ruth Yaron attacking the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Cindy Corrie commented:
"In this so-called 'expert' testimony that drew largely on highly questionable hearsay and secondary sources, it was again deeply troubling to see the length to which the state of Israel is willing to go in its attempts to justify killing a nonviolent, unarmed civilian acting to defend Palestinian human rights."
Based on information that has surfaced during the trial, the Corrie family has asked the Obama Administration to address the Israeli government's failure to comply with its 2003 promise to the Bush Administration to conduct a "thorough, credible, and transparent" investigation.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Former IDF Spokesperson and Southern Brigade Commander to Testify in Corrie Civil Trial

The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice is a member group of the US Campaign.


May 17, 2011

May 22 to be Final Court Hearing

Former IDF Spokesperson Brigadier General Ruth Yaron and former Southern Brigade Commander, Colonel Pinhas (Pinky) Zuaretz are both scheduled to testify on May 22 in what is anticipated to be the final hearing in the Corrie family's civil lawsuit against the State of Israel.

The lawsuit, filed in 2005 by Attorney Hussein abu Hussein, charges the Israeli government and Ministry of Defense with responsibility for killing American peace activist Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza in 2003. Since the trial opened in March 2010, nearly 2000 pages of court transcripts have been recorded, from more than 20 testimonies, including that of 14 military personnel. Most government witnesses were identified only by their initials, and nearly half testified while hidden behind a screen.

Brigadier General Yaron served as the Israeli Military's spokesperson from 2002-2005. Her testimony will focus on the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), an organization committed to opposing the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands using non-violent methods.  Rachel was protesting against civilian home demolitions, as part of ISM, when she was run over and killed by an Israeli military D9R bulldozer.

Colonel Zuaretz was the commanding officer of the Gaza Division's Southern Brigade at the time, and the bulldozer units were under his command. Zuaretz is the highest ranking officer called as a government witness in the trial, and possibly, the highest ranking military officer ever to face cross examination in a civil suit for the actions of the Israeli military against civilians in Gaza during the second intifada. His testimony is expected to shed light on the Israeli military's failure to protect civilian life and property in the region.

"The final State witnesses attack Rachel's right to non-violently protest in defense of her Palestinian friends, their home, and their family," said Craig Corrie, Rachel's father. "I have seen the wholesale destruction of the civilian neighborhood the IDF calls a military zone. Rachel not only had the legitimate right to protest against massive home demolitions, she had a moral obligation to stand with this family in the face of the Israeli military actions and threats which violated the bedrock legal obligation to protect civilians and their property."

The hearing is scheduled to take place Sunday, May 22, from 9:00 - 16:00 in the courtroom of Judge Oded Gershon, 6th floor, Haifa District Court, 12 Palyam St., Haifa, Israel.

Please visit the Trial Update page of the Rachel Corrie Foundation website for updates, changes to the court schedule, and related information.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Corrie Trial Resumes in Haifa Court with Testimony of Bulldozer Unit Commander

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Trial Spotlights Israeli Accountability For Unlawful Killing of Nonviolent Protester

(Haifa, Israel - March 29, 2011) - After a five month recess, the Haifa District Court will resume hearings Sunday, April 3, in the civil lawsuit filed by Rachel Corrie’s family against the State of Israel for her unlawful killing in Rafah, Gaza on March 16, 2003. Rachel was an American student activist and human rights defender who was crushed by a Caterpillar D9R bulldozer while nonviolently protesting the demolition of Palestinian homes.

The commander of the unit that killed Rachel is scheduled to testify. Known to the court as S.R., he oversaw the bulldozer work from an armored personnel carrier at the scene. While numerous military witnesses in the case have been permitted to testify behind a screen to protect their identity - a highly unusual security measure - S.R. is expected to do so in the open because his identity is already known to the public.

The civil trial began over a year ago in March 2010 with testimony from four of Rachel’s colleagues from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), who witnessed her killing. In a second phase that began on September 5, the government presented nine witnesses who included the lead military police investigator in the case and the driver and commander of the bulldozer that struck and killed Rachel.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Corrie family trial updates

As the Corrie family's suit against the Israeli Defense Ministry continues, you can check out trial updates here. Rachel Corrie speaking two days before her she was killed by a D9 Caterpillar bulldozer driven by the Israeli military and provided by U.S. military aid: Rachel's 5th grade speech, from US Campaign member group Rachel Corrie Foundation:

Friday, March 12, 2010

CNN: Parents demand Israeli answers

(I'll be speaking in the Chicago area over the next week, so the blog might be a bit sporadic over the next few days. For updates on the Corrie family's lawsuit against the Israeli Defense Ministry, click here; and click here for resources and events for Rachel Corrie Remembrance Day on March 16. -- David Hosey, US Campaign National Media Coordinator)

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 CNN.com, 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.
CALL TO ACTION
MARCH 16 - DAY OF CONSCIENCE - RACHEL CORRIE DAY OF ACTION
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: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/form.php?id=131 List it as a March 16-Rachel Corrie Day of Action event. Send word of your event to info@rachelcorriefoundation.org
Break the Gaza Blockade - Contact the White House
Comment line: 202-456-1111
 FAX: 202-456-2461 E-mail at http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
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. http://www.baird.house.gov/index.phpoption=com_content&task=view&id=1054&Itemid=99
TRIAL INFO
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 http://www.rachelcorriefoundation.org.
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