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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 Border Police officer shoots sponge round from short range at chest of paramedic trying to treat a wounded detainee

On the morning of Thursday, 11 November 2021, more than 100 people attended a demonstration marking the anniversary of Yasser ‘Arafat's death near the northern entrance to the town of al-Birah. During the demonstration, some of the protesters burned…

Unwilling and Unable

A joint report by the Palestinian Centre for Human rights (PCHR) and B’Tselem which analyzes the investigations Israel claims to have conducted following the Great March of Return protests, which were held for about a year and a half in the Gaza…