U.S. envoy to Israel tells Corries that past investigations not satisfactory

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The U.S. ambassador to Israel met with the family of American activist Rachel Corrie prior to a verdict in a civil case against the State of Israel and reiterated that prior investigations were not satisfactory.

A ruling in the civil suit against State of Israel over the death in 2003 of Rachel Corrie, an American pro-Palestinian activist killed by an army bulldozer while she was protesting the demolition of a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip, is expected on Aug. 28.

Corrie’s parents and sister have arrived in Israel for the Haifa District Court ruling, Haaretz reported.

The Israeli military has said that Corrie’s death was an accident, and that the bulldozer driver, an Israeli soldier, did not see her and ran her over as she protested in front of the house with other International Solidarity Movement activists.

“For seven years, we have pressed the government of Israel at the highest levels to conduct a thorough, transparent and credible investigation of the circumstances of her death. The government of Israel has responded that it considers this case closed and does not plan on reinvestigating the incident,” U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro said in 2010 before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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