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The Occupied Territories and International Law

International law is meant to provide a modicum of protection to people who are otherwise defenseless. While Israel is subject to international law in its actions in the Occupied Territories, it relies on convoluted legal argumentation to circumvent these duties. The result is dispossession, oppression, abuse and killing. This harm is made possible by a hollow, formalistic interpretation of rules expressly designed to avert such injuries. Instead of adopting international law as its moral compass, Israel cynically uses it as a manual for systemic human rights violations. 

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Medical crews assaulted, care for wounded man disrupted, and patients terrorized during police raid of al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem

On the afternoon of Friday, 21 July 2017, at around 3:40 P.M., scores of Israeli police officers raided al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem seeking to apprehend a critically wounded Palestinian, Muhammad Abu Ghanam. Clashes ensued when the police…

Getting Off Scot-Free

Over the past twenty years, Israel has taken measures to guarantee a nearly blanket exemption from its obligation under international law to pay compensation to Palestinians harmed by its security forces. In a new report released today (Wed., 8…