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    Rachel Aliene Corrie

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    (Wikipedia) - Rachel Corrie Rachel Corrie Born Died Cause of death Nationality Alma mater Known for Home town Parents
    Rachel Aliene Corrie (1979-04-10)April 10, 1979 Olympia, Washington, United States
    March 16, 2003(2003-03-16) (aged 23) Rafah, Gaza Strip
    Killed while trying to block an Israeli armored bulldozer
    American
    The Evergreen State College
    ISM activity
    Olympia, Washington, United States
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    Rachel Aliene Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) from Olympia, Washington, was an American peace activist and diarist. She was a member of the pro-Palestinian group called the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). She was killed by an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) armored bulldozer in a combat zone in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, under contested circumstances during the height of the second Palestinian intifada.

    She had come to Gaza as part of her senior-year college assignment to connect her home town with Rafah in a sister cities project. While there, she had engaged with other ISM activists in efforts to prevent the Israeli army''s demolition of the homes of Palestinian people in their operations to eliminate tunnels used by terrorists to smuggle weapons from Egypt into Gaza.

    Less than two months after her arrival, on March 16, 2003, Corrie was killed during an Israeli military operation after a three-hour confrontation between Israeli soldiers operating two bulldozers and eight ISM activists.

    The exact nature of her death and the culpability of the bulldozer operator are disputed, with fellow ISM protestors saying that the Israeli soldier operating the bulldozer deliberately ran over Corrie, and Israeli eyewitnesses saying that it was an accident since the bulldozer operator could not see her.

    In 2005 Corrie''s parents filed a civil lawsuit against the state of Israel. The lawsuit charged Israel with not conducting a full and credible investigation into the case and with responsibility for her death, contending that she had either been intentionally killed or that the soldiers had acted with reckless neglect. They sued for a symbolic one U.S. dollar in damages.

    In August 2012, an Israeli court rejected their suit and upheld the results of Israel''s 2003 military investigation, ruling that the Israeli government was not responsible for Corrie''s death. The ruling was met with some criticism.

    An appeal against the August 2012 ruling was heard on May 21, 2014. The decision has not yet been announced.

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