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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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Lethal “warning”: 2 Palestinian teens killed on rooftop in Gaza by Israeli “warning missile”

At around 6:00 P.M. on 14 July 2018, the Israeli air force fired four “warning missiles” (a procedure dubbed “knock on the roof”) at the al-Katibah Building. The building, nearly completed but still under construction, is located in the western part…
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Black Flag

The report looks at the policy of bombing residential buildings in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. This policy was one of the horrifying hallmarks of the fighting in Gaza in the summer of 2014, leading to the death of hundreds of people –…

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