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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 fatally shoot Muhammad ‘Abeid, 21, in al-‘Esawiyah, East Jerusalem, without any justification; police harassment of local residents continues


Muhammad ‘Abeid. Photo courtesy of the familySince mid-June, the police have been staging daily law enforcement and collective punishment raids in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-’Esawiyah, ostensibly in response to stone throwing by local…
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Joint report with HaMoked, Center for the Defence of the Individual

The report reveals broad, systemic abuse by Israeli authorities of the human rights of hundreds of Palestinian teenagers arrested every year in East Jerusalem. Affidavits were…