Getting off scot-free: Basmah Mansur’s story

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March 2017

In Feb. 2004 Basmah Mansur, a mother of 10, was hit at home by soldiers’ gunfire. After regaining consciousness, she could not do even the simplest tasks unaided. She has been dependent on the goodwill of others ever since because Israel managed to craft a legal reality in which it is virtually impossible for Palestinians harmed by Israeli security forces to get compensation. This, along with immunity from criminal charges enjoyed by government and military officials, allows Israel to operate in the occupied territories with no accountability.