Accountability

Accountability

Every country must investigate alleged violations of human rights committed in its jurisdiction by persons acting on its authority. It must prosecute the offenders and compensate the injured parties. These actions are crucial both to provide justice to victims and as a deterrent to such violations in the future. Israel has not fulfilled its responsibilities in this regard. For over a decade, the Military Police Investigations Unit did not conduct investigations of Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers. Investigations were only resumed in April 2011. Although instances of beatings and abuse have been investigated, they are not fully prosecuted. A new law passed by the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, makes it almost impossible for Palestinians wronged by Israeli security forces to claim compensation.

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