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Attacks on Israeli Civilians by Palestinians

Since the beginning of the second intifada, Palestinians have killed hundreds of Israeli civilians inside Israel proper and in the Occupied Territories. Attacks include suicide bombings, stabbings and shooting attacks perpetrated in Israeli population centers and on buses; stone throwing at cars and people; and Palestinian armed organizations firing rockets and mortar shells from the Gaza Strip. Deliberate targeting of civilians subverts all human, moral and legal norms. Therefore, international humanitarian law defines such attacks as grave breaches that constitute war crimes and cannot be justified.

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Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

The report surveys the broad spectrum of issues regarding the Israeli authorities' human rights record in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the past year, the 44th year of the Israeli occupation. An interactive version of the report is available…

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