In June 2004 soldiers in Nablus fired at the Islims’ balcony, killing
Ihab, 17, and wounding his father and 15-year-old brother Bahaa, who
lost an eye and required many operations in Jordanian hospitals. While
the actual surgery was funded by the PA, the high cost of travel and
staying in Jordan had to be shouldered by the family because Israel has
managed to craft a legal reality in which it is virtually impossible for
Palestinians harmed by Israeli security forces to get compensation.
This reality, along with immunity from criminal charges enjoyed by
government and military officials allows Israel to operate in the
occupied territories with no accountability.