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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 soldier shoots and kills ‘Omar al-Badawi, 22, who was trying to put out a fire started during a clash between soldiers and Palestinian youths

On Monday morning, 11 November 2019, at around 8:00 A.M., several dozen children and teens from al-’Arrub Refugee Camp, north of Hebron, threw stones at Route 60, which passes by the camp, as part of protests held to mark the 15th anniversary of…
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Just the tip of the iceberg:

The pages below are an exhumation, digging up the past. For each year since 1989, we brought an account of a single instance in which soldiers killed, injured or beat a Palestinian. The account of each incident presents the testimony we collected at…