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Tel Aviv Slaps `Collective Punishment' On Palestinians
By Candace Wagner, The Militant, 18 March 1996. The raid on the Al Fawwar refugee camp near Hebron on the West Bank, confining 7,000 people to their homes in a 24-hour curfew. Palestinian men were rounded up, blindfolded, and questioned. Soldiers sealed the homes of accused bombers and threatened to arrest family members.
Answer to the judge: The ticking bomb and the license to torture
By Stephen Langfur, Challenge, 30 November 1996. Ticking bomb in favor of torture and a rebuttal. Argument against torture's efficacy. The High Court is supposed to be the ultimate resort of the individual to protect him from the excesses of the governing power, but it has become the mask of legitimacy behind which the governing power relentlessly grinds his bones.
Israel and the occupied territories: The State of Israel has effectively legalized torture
Oral statement by Amesty International to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on the Israeli Occupied Territories, 11 March 1997.
The return of the iron fist policy: Israeli military escalates aggression against Palestinian civilians
From the Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment, 14 July 1997. Escalation of violence against the populations of Bethlehem and Hebron. Foreign Press Association charged the Israeli army with deliberately targeting journalists during the demonstrations.
Number of Palestinians / Israelis Killed in Mideast Violence Over Past 10 Years
By Ali Abunimah, Salam Review, November 1997. Summary of B'Tselem web site that lists casualty statistics for Israelis and Palestinians since Dec. 1987 (the beginning of the Intifada). Challenges the media-inspired impression that it is overwhelmingly Israelis who suffer at the hands of Arabs.
Israeli Government Proposes Impunity for Human Rights Violations
From B'Tselem, 14 December 1997. Government sponsored bill retroactively defines all actions of the Israeli security forces in the Occupied Territories as combatant activity, which are exempt from civil damage suits. A coalition of seven Israeli human rights organizations combat this legislation.
Jewish settlers terrorize Palestinians: A firsthand account
By Samah Jabr, Mid-East Realities, 11 October 2000. Settlers are as varied as people anywhere, but most believe fully in their right to be in the Holy Land. They have come, some tell us, in order to fulfill God's command that all the righteous, especially, all the righteous Jews, live in the Holy Land to prepare the way for the coming of God or God's acts of salvation.
Research Shows Israeli Pattern of Excessive Force; Palestinian Authority Also Fails in Duty to Protect Civilians
Human Rights Watch, 17 October 2000. The HRW, reputedly closely associated with US foriegn policy, reduces Israeli culpability for excessive violence by equating it with the quantitatively lesser violence committed by Palestinians.
The cost of weakness
By Khaled Amayreh, 21 November 2000. The Israeli occupation army continued its murderous repression of the Palestinian populace. This week, as many as 40 Palestinians, among them 10 children, were shot dead by Israeli soldiers and settlers intent on achieving victory over an essentially unarmed populace striving to end 33 years of Israeli military occupation. They sneak in at night, fully armed and often with Israeli soldiers.
Israel's undercover assassins
By Paul Wood, BBC News, 1 August, 2001. Killings are carried out by the Israeli army, or by Shin Bet, Israel's security services, known to Israelis as the Shabak—thought to have a large network of Palestinian agents on the West Bank. Identification of those Shabak says have carried out, or will carry out, terrorist bombings become Targeted military actions - what the Palestinians call assassinations.