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Family of American Woman Killed by Military Bulldozer Files Suit Against Catepillar, Inc

MARCH 15, 2005 5:00 PM

CONTACT: Center for Constitutional Rights
Mahdis Keshavarz, 212-260-5000

Family of American Woman Killed by Military Bulldozer Files Suit Against Catepillar, Inc.

Family of Rachel Corrie Charges Bulldozer Manufacturer Knowingly Sold Machines Used to Violate Human Rights
NEW YORK, NY -- March 15 -- The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and partnering law firms today filed a federal lawsuit against Illinois-based Caterpillar, Inc. on behalf of the parents of Rachel Corrie, the 23-year-old American peace activist and student who was run over and killed by a Caterpillar D9 bulldozer on March 16, 2003.

The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western Federal District of Washington, alleges that Caterpillar, Inc. violated international and state law by providing specially designed bulldozers to Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) that it knew would be used to demolish homes and endanger civilians. The Corries daughter Rachel, a student at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, was there as a volunteer peace activist protesting the demolition of Palestinian homes when she was brutally killed. Much of the world community, including international human rights organizations and the United Nations, has consistently condemned these demolitions as a clear violation of international humanitarian law.

The Corries also filed a tort claim today in Israel against the State of Israel, the Israeli Defense Ministry and the IDF for their role in the death of their daughter. They are represented by Advocate Hussein Abu Hussein.

Rachel’s mother, Cindy Corrie, stated, “As we approach the two-year anniversary of Rachel’s killing, my family and I are still searching for justice. The brutal death of my daughter should never have happened. We believe Caterpillar and the IDF must be held accountable for their role in the attack on my daughter Rachel.?

Jennie Green, Senior Attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, stated, “International law clearly provides that corporations can be held accountable for violations of international human rights. Rachel Corrie, a young American killed abroad because Caterpillar purposefully turns a blind eye as to how their products are used, must have access to justice.?

Over the past four years, the IDF has used Caterpillar bulldozers to destroy more than 4,000 Palestinian homes, injuring, killing, or leaving homeless scores of individuals in the process. Rights groups have sent over 50,000 letters to Caterpillar, Inc. executives and CEO Jm Owens, decrying the use of Caterpillar bulldozers to carry out human rights abuses.

Plaintiffs Craig and Cindy Corrie are represented by lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Ronald J. Peterson Law Clinic at Seattle University Law School, and the Public Interest Law Group PLLC in Seattle, Washington.

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Re: Family of American Woman Killed by Military Bulldozer Files Suit Against Catepillar, Inc

Yes justice must be served! Soak the corporate scumbags. I bet their CEO lives in a mansion anyway We need that money for schools and health care, hd has more than enough

Re: Family of American Woman Killed by Military Bulldozer Files Suit Against Catepillar, Inc

well, why dont you sue all the arms makers, knife manufacters, car companies... you get killed with almost anything in this world, aint that right? i sometimes really do wonder about the sanity of u.s. citiziens...

Re: Family of American Woman Killed by Military Bulldozer Files Suit Against Catepillar, Inc

tenemos que organiar una marcha mundial contra la guerra en palestina, yo puedo mover gente de Hermosillo Sonora Mexico para protesar ante el consulado de USA

Re: Family of American Woman Killed by Military Bulldozer Files Suit Against Catepillar, Inc

Dear Corrie family,
You are truly heros. And so was Rachel. God bless you for what you are doing. The Israeli government has been practicing brutality ever since the inception of its nation. As an American who is neither a Jew or an Arab, but who has always been concerned about human rights, I am inspired to follow your path.
May your hearts be healed through this,

Re: Family of American Woman Killed by Military Bulldozer Files Suit Against Catepillar, Inc

This lawsuit is the most misguided criticism i have ever heard of. For you all to try and blame someone for Ms. Corrie's death is ridiculous. Isreal is not a safe country to be in right now, so to go there, is to accept some type of risk. Trying to blame corporate America for her death is so unjustifiable i am surprised that any lawyer in their right mind would accept such a case. What is wrong with building a product to fit your consumer's need. You all, except for mylko, have some awefully strange values. Maybe being in the military has brainwashed me into thinking differently than you although that is highly doubtful. For Pam to site the fact that the "CEO lives in a mansion" as a reason for this to go to court is far outside any kind of reasonable thought. Because you are less fortunate than he is, he should be sued. Nice. Maybe i just dont belong at this website, and if i offend you i am sorry. If you would like to contact me to debate my position, my cell phone number is 607-765-8067.

Gaza, Elections, and Democracy

January 27, 2006

Finally, after several years of wanting to go to Gaza, Dunya and I managed to spend two days there under the auspices of election observation. It didn’t take very long for Dunya to observe that the elections in Gaza City were far cleaner than those in Ohio in 2004, where she was working at the time. Lack of democracy is not Palestine’s problem.

We stayed in Gaza City with Khaled Nasrallah and his family, one of the two families who had been living in the house in Rafah that Rachel Corrie was killed defending in March 2003. They now live in an apartment in Gaza City while a new house is being built, with the help of the ‘Building Alliance’. Most of the people in Gaza who have been displaced by home demolition have been displaced at least once before – in 1948 – and some of them more than once. They’ve lived in a constant state of terror for the past five years, and according to some, it got worse after the “disengagement?. Israeli shelling is not uncommon, not to mention the sonic booms that only started since the settlers have left. A 9-year-old girl was shot and killed by the Israeli army on Thursday in Gaza, probably just a few miles from where we were.


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