As Megan mentioned in the morning news, an Israeli court has ruled that the 2003 death of Evergreen student Rachel Corrie while she was protesting home demolitions in the Gaza Strip was an accident.
Rachel's mother, Cindy Corrie, has called the ruling unfortunate:
I believe this was a bad day not only for our family, but a bad day for human rights, for humanity, for the rule of law and also for the country of Israel.
Not long after Rachel died, The Stranger sent me to the Gaza Strip to look into what happened, and to talk to protesters in the International Solidarity Movement she'd been working with. Since memories of the incident are being revisited today in light of the ruling, here's what witnesses told me about the events of March 16, 2003:
The bulldozer's advance, according to ISM activists who witnessed it, pushed up a mound of dirt that Rachel came to be standing atop, so that she was looking straight at the bulldozer driver in his high cab. The bulldozer kept advancing.
Here the stories get a bit confused. Some say Rachel kneeled atop the mound of dirt. Others say she tried to run down off the mound, away from the bulldozer, but lost her footing. Either way, all the activists who saw it agree that the bulldozer pushed the mound of dirt over Rachel, burying her alive and dragging the giant blade across her body, first forward as the bulldozer advanced, and then backward as the bulldozer driver backed up.