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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 police fatally shoot Muhammad ‘Abeid, 21, in al-‘Esawiyah, East Jerusalem, without any justification; police harassment of local residents continues


Muhammad ‘Abeid. Photo courtesy of the familySince mid-June, the police have been staging daily law enforcement and collective punishment raids in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-’Esawiyah, ostensibly in response to stone throwing by local…
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After a year of protests in Gaza: 11 Military Police investigations, 1 charade

Ahead of the UN Human Rights Council meeting on 18 March 2019, on the findings of the UN commission of inquiry into the 2018 Gaza protests, B’Tselem has issued a position paper explaining that Israel’s promise to “investigate” 11 incidents in which…