Of broken bodies and unbreakable laws

Of broken bodies and unbreakable laws

Civilian deaths in the Occupied Palestinian Territories hardly rate as news anymore. Such deaths are by now daily occurrences — a dime a dozen. Whether by gunfire, Apache helicopter attacks, prevention of access to medical care, or by bulldozer, hundreds of innocent Palestinian men, women, and children have died at the hands of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) or Israeli settlers since the start of the Second (Al-Aqsa) Intifada in September 2000. Given the lack of any concerted, effective, and timely international efforts to halt these daily killings, which constitute clear violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), the civilian death toll is only likely to rise.