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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 sniper fatally shoots Malek Hamdan (20) while Palestinians throw stones at soldiers

Malek Hamdan. Photo courtesy of familyOn Friday, 14 May 2021, at around 4:30 P.M., some 15 young Palestinians headed from the village of Salem, east of Nablus, towards Route 555, which bypasses the village and connects the settlements of Itamar and…
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The Israeli Attorney General’s memorandum

B’Tselem’s analysis finds AG’s claims, that the ICC has no jurisdiction in Palestine, rely on intentional misquotation, disregard for international law and an absurd misrepresentation of reality. Contrary to the AG’s position, the ICC has…