A wrongful death case brought by the family of the slain American peace activist Rachel Corrie, meanwhile, has resumed in Israel. Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza seven years ago as she stood in front of a Palestinian home to help prevent its demolition. An internal Israeli army investigation exonerated the soldiers involved. On Thursday, the driver of the bulldozer testified in court for the first time but spoke from behind a partition to protect his identity. Appearing on CNN International, Rachel Corrie’s mother, Cindy Corrie, criticized the secretive proceedings.
Cindy Corrie: “This is the second witness that we’ve seen testify behind a screen. And we felt that it was disassociating in a way. It distanced this person from us. I hoped to see a whole human being today and to hear from a whole human being. Instead, we got the words — sometimes pretty conflicted, pretty confused words — from this person behind the screen.”
In his testimony, the driver said he couldn’t remember several basic details of Rachel Corrie’s killing, including the time of day when it occurred.