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A Routine Founded on Violence

Israel’s control over roughly five million Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip manifests itself in different ways in their lives. They daily face organized, ongoing state violence, some of it overt, more often hidden. Since Palestinians have no political representation in the Israeli institutions that govern their lives, the potential for arbitrary use of force – physical or administrative – against them is virtually unrestricted. The result is harassment and abuse sometimes for no apparent reason, sometimes based on barely plausible security grounds.

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Israeli Civil Administration uproots and vandalizes some 70 olive trees in the Palestinian village of Bardala, Jordan Valley

On Wednesday morning, 24 June 2020, at around 8:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with military jeeps and two bulldozers to the Palestinian village of Bardala in the northern Jordan Valley. The force uprooted and vandalized some 70 six-…
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This is Jerusalem

The report describes life in the Palestinian neighborhood of al-‘Esawiyah 53 years after East Jerusalem was annexed to Israel. Over the past year, al-‘Esawiyah has become a flashpoint due to a police operation designed primarily to harass residents…