"Life has just been hard since 12 June. I had taken out a loan before the land was destroyed to rebuild the farm. Now, I have no way of paying back this loan."
"My neighbors gave me a bale of wheat because we have nothing to eat, but it will not feed us forever. It pains me that I could not even afford to buy my children school bags."
Youssef said he's resigned to abject poverty. He sees no hope for himself or his family. "My children are well aware of our situation and the troubles we are facing. They told me that they just want to live a normal life. I also want that, but I have lost all hope now."
"I am struggling to find food and to clothe my family. It is a lot of pressure, and I have a lot of anger and sadness inside me. I just think about providing for my family all day."
"Don't my children deserve sweets like other children? They don't even ask for anything anymore, because they know we have nothing."
"I have nowhere else to go and I know that, even if I plant again, Israel will come and take it away. Every day is worse than the one before. What is there left to hope for?"
What kind of country commits crimes like this? For what reason other than gratuitously, out of maliciousness, or because offenders know they can get away with it.
Youssef is like many thousands of other Palestinians. They're ruthlessly targeted for not being Jewish. They're victims of monstrous state terror. It's happening mostly out of sight and mind.
Under Article 8(2)(b)(ii) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, targeting civilians like Youssef constitutes a war crime.
Fourth Geneva's Article 53 states:
"Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, or to the State, or to other public authorities, or to social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations."
Under Article 11(1) of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights:- Advertisement -
"The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions."
Israel scoffs. It spurns all international law and its own because who'll hold it accountable? Destruction of Palestinian property has nothing to do with military necessity. Israel does what it wants with impunity because world leaders who matter literally let it get away with murder.