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Open-Fire Policy

Israel has killed thousands of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories over the years, ostensibly acting in accordance with the limitations the military’s open-fire regulations and international humanitarian law impose on the use of gunfire. But this is no more than a semblance of legality. Gunfire is also used in many other cases, with backing from the government, the courts and the military. This policy reflects deep disregard for Palestinian lives and property and enables the continued use of lethal force, crucial to enabling Israel to retain its violent control over millions of Palestinians.

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Israeli soldier fires without cause at Palestinian car passing by post, killing the driver and injuring his sister

On the morning of 31 October 2017, Muhammad Musa, 26, and his sister Latifah, 34, a married mother of five, traveled from their village, Deir Ballut – which lies west of Salfit – to Ramallah. Muhammad was going to pick up his truck driver’s license…
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Getting Off Scot-Free

Over the past twenty years, Israel has taken measures to guarantee a nearly blanket exemption from its obligation under international law to pay compensation to Palestinians harmed by its security forces. In a new report released today (Wed., 8…

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