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The Occupied Territories and International Law

International law is meant to provide a modicum of protection to people who are otherwise defenseless. While Israel is subject to international law in its actions in the Occupied Territories, it relies on convoluted legal argumentation to circumvent these duties. The result is dispossession, oppression, abuse and killing. This harm is made possible by a hollow, formalistic interpretation of rules expressly designed to avert such injuries. Instead of adopting international law as its moral compass, Israel cynically uses it as a manual for systemic human rights violations. 

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Rasmi al-Khatib, 2006

Rasmi al-Khatib was 13 years old in October 2001, when he was playing soccer with friends. A soldier fired at the children and a bullet struck him. Since then, Rasmi's left arm has been paralyzed.

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