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Israel Brushes off Rachael Corrie's Death

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    American couple does not accept Israeli explanations of daughter s death By Lara Sukhtian Associated Press 29 September 2003
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      American couple does not accept Israeli explanations of daughter's
      death

      By Lara Sukhtian

      Associated Press
      29 September 2003

      http://famulus.msnbc.com/FamulusIntl/ap09-29-171351.asp?reg=MIDEAST

      JERUSALEM (AP) -- Parents of an American activist killed earlier
      this year in Gaza by an Israeli army bulldozer called Monday for an
      independent U.S. investigation of her death.

      Rachel Corrie, 23, from Olympia, Wash., was crushed to death March
      16 while trying to block a huge army bulldozer destroying a row of
      Palestinian homes in a refugee camp near the Gaza-Egypt border.

      The Israeli military conducted an internal investigation and said
      the bulldozer driver could not see Corrie because of the size of the
      bulldozer and its limited view due to heavy armor plating. Peace
      activists have disputed that.

      Corrie belonged to a pro-Palestinian group called International
      Solidarity Movement, whose members often place themselves between
      Israeli forces and Palestinians to try to block Israeli military
      activity.

      At a news conference in Jerusalem, Corrie's parents said they were
      not satisfied with the Israeli explanation.

      "Having read the report, we still have a lot of questions," said
      Cindy Corrie, Rachel's mother.

      Nearly 50 members of the 435-seat U.S. House of Representatives have
      signed a bill calling for an independent investigation, she said.

      "I need to know if Rachel's death was intentional or accidental,"
      she said, her voice breaking. "I just want to know the truth."

      Two other International Solidarity volunteers were shot shortly
      after Corrie was killed.

      On April 5, Brian Avery, 24, of Albuquerque, N.M., was shot in the
      face during fighting in the West Bank town of Jenin.

      On April 11, Thomas Hurndall, 21, of Britain, was shot in the head
      by Israeli troops as he helped children to safety in the Gaza Strip.
      He remains brain dead in England.

      The Israeli army has said they are investigating the incidents.

      Corrie's parents are concluding a three-week tour of the West Bank
      and Gaza Strip. They said they came to try to understand the
      conflict and come to terms with their daughter's death.

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