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Thursday March 11, 2010 10:38 AM (EST+7)
Witness testifies to killing of US activist Corrie

Read more: Rachel Corrie, Richard Purssell, activists, Israeli military

RAMALLAH, Mar. 11 (JMCC) - A witness to the killing of American peace activist Rachel Corrie testified in an Israeli court on Wednesday. Richard Purssell, a British citizen and member of the International Solidarity Movement, said that he saw an Israeli bulldozer run over Corrie as she stood in the way of its trajectory to demolish the home of a Palestinian doctor.

Mr Purssell said the incident took place about 20 metres from the house of Dr Samir Nasrallah, a pharmacist well known to ISM activists, who often place themselves between Israeli forces and Palestinians to try to stop the Israeli military from carrying out operations. Ms Corrie climbed on to the earth mound being created in front of the bulldozer, with her feet just below the top of the pile.

She is looking into the cab of the bulldozer, Mr Purssell recounted. The bulldozer continues to move forward. Rachel turns to begin coming back down the slope ... As she nears the bottom of the pile, something happened to cause her to fall forward. The bull- dozer continues to move forward and Rachel disappeared from view. The bulldozer moves forward approximately another four metres before it stops. Mr Purssell, who works as a landscape gardener in the UK, said that before the bulldozer came to a stop, other activists started running towards her – as he himself did a few seconds later.

I heard a lot of people shouting and gesturing to the bulldozer to stop, he told the court, adding that the bulldozer then reversed back in the tracks it had made, in a straight line; Rachel is lying on the earth...

Read the full account at The Independent...






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