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A Routine Founded on Violence

Israel’s control over roughly five million Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip manifests itself in different ways in their lives. They daily face organized, ongoing state violence, some of it overt, more often hidden. Since Palestinians have no political representation in the Israeli institutions that govern their lives, the potential for arbitrary use of force – physical or administrative – against them is virtually unrestricted. The result is harassment and abuse sometimes for no apparent reason, sometimes based on barely plausible security grounds.

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Israeli police assault and arrest two Palestinian teens, fire sponge rounds and throw stun grenades in East Jerusalem neighborhood

On the afternoon of 7 November 2017, at around 4:00 P.M., Israeli Border Police officers were writing traffic tickets in the neighborhood of Batan al-Hawa, which is part of the village of Silwan in East Jerusalem. A.R., a 15-year-old local resident…
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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…

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