Family of Gaza protester killed by bulldozer putting Israel on trial

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by ERIC WILKINSON / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 3 at 6:22 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Another day for Craig and Cindy Corrie at the foundation that now bears their daughter's name. Rachel Corrie died seven years ago this month when she was crushed by an Israeli military bulldozer while protesting the demolition of Palestinian homes in Gaza.

Now her parents are seeking justice.

"We demand it. Let me put it that way," said Craig.

Since their daughter's death, the Corries have dedicated their lives to finding out exactly how she died.

The couple is suing the Israeli Defense Ministry saying its soldiers killed Rachel either intentionally or through negligence.

The Israeli government determined that the soldiers operating the bulldozer didn't see her.

"It's part of our continuing journey to find the truth," said Cindy.

That journey now takes them to Israel for a trial that will be conducted in Hebrew in a foreign judicial system.

If the Corries win, it still won't take away their sense of loss.

"There isn't anything that somebody can do or that courts can do to take away the void," said Cindy.

The Corries try to fill that void with the work they now do promoting the social justice their daughter died for. They send delegations to Gaza as human rights observers.

Rachel's passion is still very much alive. Books tell her life story; she's even the subject of a play that has been performed in a dozen languages.

"I hope that she could look at the work we've done over these seven years and say 'good job mom and dad,'" said Cindy.

The trial begins a week from today in the Israeli city of Haifa.

In 2005, the Corries unsuccessfully sued the maker of the bulldozer, Caterpillar, alleging the sale of the equipment to Israel was tantamount to selling a gun to a murderer.

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