October 21st, 2010
12:42 PM ET

Driver says he did not see American activist

From behind a wood and plastic partition, the Israeli soldier who drove a bulldozer that crushed an American peace activist to death testified publicly for the first time Thursday.

Rachel Corrie was killed seven years ago. But the driver's identity has never been revealed and he was not charged after a month-long Israeli investigation found that no Israeli soldier was to blame.

Her parents have searched for answers in their daughter's killing. Was it intentional? Who was accountable? On Thursday, they finally heard from the man who was responsible.

He acknowledged he was driving the bulldozer, according to Stacy Sullivan, spokeswoman for the Corrie family who was in the Haifa courtroom. He said he was aware there were protesters in the area - he had been ordered to work carefully.


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  1. Hayley

    This seems similar to the Tienanmen square incident doesnt it? One person standing against a tank (or bull dozer in this case)....and yet unlike China, we praise Israel instead of harping on their obvious human rights violations against the Palestinian people. Here's to hoping the parents receive the answers they desire.

    October 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • AudieHO

      Actually there are a some major differences here. First, the incident in Tiananmen Square involved a Chinese citizen in China protesting the Chinese government. The incident in Gaza involved a private American citizen meddling in the affairs of foreign nations. Secondly, the Chinese student in Tiananmen Square stood in a location that was clearly visible by the tank driver. This girl placed herself out of the view of the driver and the "peaceful" citizens of Gaza complicated things further by sniping at the people who would ordinarily be directing the bulldozers so that accidents would not occur. Third, the protest in China was sparked by students attempting to mourn the loss of a reformist that spoke in favor of the freedom that we so often take for granted. In Gaza, the protest was over the Israelis tearing down houses used as smuggling routes and hideouts from which terroristic attack are launched against unarmed Israeli citizens inside of Israel. You never hear of the Muslims being critized for the Human Rights violations everytime they detonate a bomb or slit a through, now do ya?

      October 21, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim Brieske

    AudieHO. I don't believe I could have written that any better. Perfect.

    October 22, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. phil

    @audieho.....as if "out of the vuiew if the driver" makes it ok. A bulldozer operator is responsible for what he runs over. by accident or on purpose, the driver is accountable. and Jim, even though by law the FBI is required to investigate US citizen deaths overseas, this case was never investigated, making this a very odd case. do you find it odd...at all?

    October 22, 2010 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. well

    This what happens when americans dont mind their business and go war countries.

    October 22, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Brieske

    phil. It's not odd because our allie the Israelis provided an explanation. There is no gain in making the incident bigger because people are easily provoked in that part of the world.
    In the end more people would die and for what? You can not bring back the dead.
    In fact if the person who previously had were alive today, chances are he'd be having people sent to Heaven instead. Fighting fire with fire so to speak until cooperation is obtained to make changes and prevent a future event from taking place thus saving billions of people.
    The absurdity of today, if Jesus were here turning water into wine, would have him getting laid at university parties and eventually become a multi millionare in the wine making industry.
    Iceberg Wine made and bottled in Alaska, nothing better. Swear to God.
    Or Figi Wine, made and bottled in Walmart parking lots all over the planet using today's advanced transportation and communication technologies. Jesus is everywhere.

    October 22, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lou

    She should've moved out the way.

    October 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |