The Haifa district court Tuesday rejected accusations of negligence and damage claims brought by the family of Rachel Corrie who in 2003 was crushed standing in the path of an Israeli army bulldozer during a pro-Palestinian demonstration against demolitions in the Gaza Strip. Corrie's family filed the lawsuit in 2005, accusing Israel of intentionally and unlawfully killing their 23-year-old daughter and failing to conduct a full and credible investigation. They demanded a symbolic $1 in damages and compensation for the more than $200,000 they had spent on suing Israel.
In a lengthy ruling read out to the court, the judge said the state was not responsible for any "damages caused" as they had occurred during what he termed war-time actions. He called Corrie's death a "regrettable accident" which she brought on herself.