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Max Blumenthal

“There Are No Civilians In Wartime.” Rachel Corrie’s Family Confronts The Israeli Military In Court

Cindy, right, and Craig Corrie, center, sit together with their daughter Sarah in the court room just before the district court's ruling in Haifa, Israel, Aug. 28, 2012. Image by Ariel Schalit/AP Photo.]

In a small courtroom on the sixth floor of Haifa’s District Court, a colonel in the Israeli engineering corps who wrote a manual for the bulldozer units that razed the Rafah Refugee Camp in 2003 offered his opinion on the killing of the American activist Rachel Corrie. “There are no civilians during wartime,” Yossi declared under oath. Yossi made his remarkable statement under withering cross-examination by Hussein Abu Hussein, the lawyer for the family of Rachel Corrie, ...

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Max Blumenthal


Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Guardian, The Independent Film Channel, The Huffington Post,, Al Jazeera English and many other publications.  His book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller.