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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Tuesday, August 28, 2012.
Israeli court says the Army is at no fault in the death of American activist in Gaza 9 years ago, meanwhile the Israeli military bombards areas in the Gaza Strip, these stories and more, coming up, stay tuned.
An Israeli court ruled, Tuesday, that the army “was not at fault” in the murder of American peace activist, Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer in March 2003 while peacefully trying to stop the demolition of a Palestinian home, in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli judge said the death of Rachel was a regrettable “accident”, and claimed that “the army was at no fault”.
Moreover, the Judge, Obed Greshon, of the Haifa District Court, claimed that Rachel, 23, “was killed while protecting terrorists in a combat Zone.”
Rachel’s family brought charges against Israel for intentionally killing their daughter, and also accused Israel of not conducting a credible investigation into the death of their daughter.
In response, the International Solidarity Movement, (ISM) issued a press release condemning the court ruling saying that it is not just and was not taken based on thorough, credible and transparent investigation.
The ISM said in its statement, that it is “deeply concerned by the verdict of Judge Oded Gershon that absolved Israel’s military and state of the 2003 murder of American ISM activist Rachel Corrie.” They went on in saying that despite the American administration stating that the Israeli military investigation had not been ‘thorough, credible and transparent’ and the Israeli government withholding key video and audio evidence, Judge Gershon found no fault in the investigation or in the conclusion that the military and state were not responsible for Rachel’s death.
The ISM added that the judge classified Rachel’s “non-violent attempt to prevent war crimes as proof that Rachel was not a thinking person”.
The Israeli navy opened automatic fire at Palestinian fishermen, in Palestinian territorial waters, north of Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, and chased several fishing boats to the shore.
Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights reported that the attack lasted for ten minutes leading to no injuries, but the fishermen had to leave the area in order to avoid further attacks by the navy.
Israel repeatedly attacks and kidnaps Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Strip despite the fact that they fish in Palestinian waters.
In related news, three Palestinians were injured on Tuesday when the army fire six missiles at a building, west of Jabalia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, the shelling caused damage in 11 homes and 4 public facilities, including two schools.
The army also bombarded a maintenance workshop that belongs to the Ministry of Interior in Gaza city causing excessive damage to the workshop and minor damage to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society’s sports center.
By this we come to the end of the news for today, This was the Tuesday August 28th round up of news from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our website at www.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by Hussam Qassis and me, George Rishmawi.