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August 16, 2012
The verdict in the Rachel Corrie Civil Case (Corrie v. Caterpillar) will be announced in Haifa, Israel on August 28, 2012. On March 16, 2003, a Caterpillar D9R armored bulldozer used by the Israeli military ran over Rachel as she was protesting the demolition of Palestinian houses. The lawsuit was brought against Caterpillar, Inc. by Rachel's parents, Craig and Cindy Corrie. They charged Caterpillar with "aiding and abetting war crimes and other serious human rights violations on the grounds that the company provided bulldozers to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) knowing they would be used unlawfully to demolish homes and endanger civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). It [also] charges Caterpillar, Inc. with violations of state, federal, and international law for complicity in war crimes, extrajudicial killing and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment." (Center for Constitutional Rights).
Now, nearly 7.5 years since Rachel’s parents filed the case and nearly 3.5 years since the trial began, a verdict will finally be announced this month in the courtroom of Judge Oded Gershon.
The Rachel Corrie Foundation has information on how you can stand in solidarity with the Corrie Family during this time. For more information on how to get involved, please visit the Foundation’s Web site.
Craig and Cindy Corrie spoke at the Baptist Peace Fellowship Summer Conference in 2005 in McMinnville, OR.