Rachel Corrie's family filed the private lawsuit against the state of Israel five years ago after an Israeli military investigation into the incident concluded that the soldier operating the bulldozers could not see Rachel and closed the case.
"The bulldozer driver and the commander claimed that they were not aware that Corrie was there, they also said that this is a war zone, and there are no 'civilians' in war zones," Al Jazeera Sherine Tadros, reporting from Haifa, said.
The Corries are suing the government for the symbolic amount of $1, saying that Rachel's "unlawful killing" denied her her "basic human rights". They have also accused the government of "gross negligence".
Corrie was protesting against Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes in the town of Rafah, close to the border with Egypt, when she was killed.
The bulldozer driver will testify behind a screen to protect their identity after the court refused Corrie's parents' request that the family be able to see the soldiers that killed their daughter.
The family's lawyers have complained that this is against the transparent procedure that they were promised, Al Jazeera's Tadros said.
Source: Al Jazeera and agencies