Israeli judge dismisses damage suit in death of Rachel Corrie, but NY Times still clings to the myth

An Israeli judge, after an exhaustive trial, dismissed a damage suit brought by the parents of Rachel Corrie, who was run over by a military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003.  The judge ruled that her death was a "regrettable accident," brought about by her failure to keep out of a military zone during the second intifada.  His decision clears the Israeli military of any wrongdoing.  It notes that the operator of the bulldozer could not have seen Corrie as she climbed aboard a pile of dirt and then lost her footing.  Corrie was a 23-year-old activist and member of the International Solidarity Movement, known for its violent tactics in radical causes.   Her death quickly turned her into a mythical icon -- a martyr  --  for the Palestinian cause. Stripping away all the anti-Israel legend, the judge handed down a lengthy ruling that, point by point, corroborated Israel's own investigation that there was no intent or negligence on the part of the...(Read Full Post)