21/05/14: Nablus demands justice for Rachel Corrie

On Wednesday 21 May activists from SFP gathered in the centre of Nablus to demand justice for Rachel Corrie, murdered by the Israeli Army in 2003. Rachel’s family were back in an Israeli Apartheid Court on Wednesday, appealing against last years decision to dismiss their civil suit against the State of Israel for death. Activists also added their voices to the growing chorus of people around the world demanding the UN investigate the cold blooded killing of two Palestinian children at Ofer military court on 15 May by the Israeli Army, after CCTV footage was released of the murders.

Cindy and Craig Corrie have been fighting for justice for their daughter since she was murdered by an Israeli Army bulldozer while trying to protect a Palestinian doctors home in Rafah, the Gaza Strip in 2003. Nine years after filing a civil suit against the State of Israel for the wrongful death of Rachel, her family had their appeal heard before the Israeli Supreme Court today. The appeal challenges the Haifa District Court’s August 2012 ruling which concluded that the Israeli military was not responsible for Rachel’s death and that it conducted a credible investigation. This was despite photographic and witness testimonies showing Rachel was clearly visible to the bulldozer driver.

Nadeem Siam Nawara (17 years old) and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh (16 years old) were murdered while participating in a Nakba commemoration demonstration at Ofer Military Court on Thursday 15 May 2014. CCTV footage, released by the NGO DCI-Palestine, clearly shows the two children posed no immediate threat to the Army and were murdered in cold blood. Since the release of the footage even the US State Department, usually staunchly behind Israel, has demanded that Apartheid Israel undertakes a credible investigation into the murders.

However, as Rachel’s family have discovered with their relative privelege of USA passports, a credible investigation and justice is unlikely based on Apartheid Israel’s record. Even less likely if the person is Palestinian. SFP supports the call by numerous Palestinian associations that the Palestinian Authority seeks the jurisdiction the the International Criminal Court, in order to pursue Apartheid Israel for its war crimes and provide justice for Palestine and the families of martyrs.

 تضامنا مع شهداء الحريه شهداء الانسانيه فقد اعتصم اليوم الاربعاء نشطاء المقاومه الشعبيه من حركة تضامن (sfp) امام خيمة التضامن مع الاسرى المضربين عن الطعام حيث ستنظر اليوم الأربعاء ، في الاستئناف الذي قدمته عائلة ناشطة السلام الأميركية راشيل كوري، على قرار المحكمة المركزية الذي برأ الجيش الإسرائيلي من المسؤولية عن مقتل الناشطة. – ووجه النشطاء رساله الى العالم والى كافة الملؤسسات الدوليه والحقوقيه بضروره محاكمه قتله راشيل وتوم هندورال والقتل اليومي للاطفال الفلسطينيين دون مبرر وطالبوأ بتصعيد حملة المقاطعه الشامله للاحتلال الاسرائيلي (BDS ) ورحب النشطاء بموقف المتضامنين الدوليين في بريطانيا الذين شاركوا في التظاهره ضد زياره وزيره الخارجيه تسيفي لفنني


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