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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 soldiers fatally shoot Muhammad Dar ‘Udwan from behind, as he was fleeing

At around 3:30 A.M. on 2 April 2019, over ten Israeli military vehicles drove into the neighborhood of Kafr ‘Aqab in northern East Jerusalem. As the vehicles were making their way along the Ramallah-Jerusalem road, several young Palestinians began…

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…

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