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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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Civil Administration demolishes the home of a family in ‘Anata, 4 September 2018

On Tuesday, 4 September 2018, at 9:00 A.M., Civil Administration officials, accompanied by Border Police officers and soldiers and equipped with a bulldozer, arrived in the town of ‘Anata to the north of Jerusalem. The forces demolished a family…

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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