The lengthy legal case surrounding the controversial murder of American activist Rachel Corrie -- who was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in 2003 -- has seen a new development today.
The State of Israel is baring no responsibility for the girls death. The court overseeing the case in the Israeli city of Haifa has stated that the death was a "regrettable accident."
However, the claim that it was an accident is something that the late Ms. Corries family and supporters strongly dispute.
Ms. Corrie was standing in front of some Palestinian houses that were being demolished by an army bulldozer and wearing a bright orange garb. The lawyer who is fighting for her case -- Hussein Abu Hussein -- has stated that "anyone could have seen" her given the clothing she was wearing when she was killed. He also states that today is "a black day for activists of human rights and people who believe in values of dignity."
In the court ruling, Judge Gershon has stated that the army on that day weren't out to purposely destroy peoples home, but instead to clear explosives allegedly planted in that area. The judge also added that there is "no base to the plaintiff's claim that the bulldozer hit her on purpose."
Whether you believe it to have been a tragic accident or not today represents an apt day to mourn the loss of Ms. Corrie and empathize with her family and friends and those who she still means something to even nine years after her death.