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Law Enforcement under Occupation: The Case of Willful Killings in the West Bank


In addition to the terrible loss of life and injury experienced in and around the Gaza Strip between July and August 2014, there was a significant increase in the number of deaths and injuries of Palestinians during Israeli ‘law enforcement’ operations in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Last year, at least 56 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank.[1] In comparison, there were 28 Palestinian fatalities in 2013 and 8 in 2012 during law enforcement or policing operations. Furthermore, approximately 6,000 Palestinians were injured in 2014, a dramatic increase the roughly 3,800 injured in 2013 and 3,000 injured in 2012. In many cases, death and injury resulted from the use of live ammunition by Israeli forces.[2]

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[1] See OCHA-oPt, Humanitarian Bulletin Monthly Report (Dec. 2014), https://www.ochaopt.org/documents/ocha_opt_the_humanitarian_monitor_2014_01_27_english.pdf. See also OCHA oPt, Fragmented Lives: Humanitarian Overview (Mar. 2015), http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/annual_humanitarian_overview_2014_english_final.pdf.

[2] For example, 25 out of 27 deaths in 2013 resulted from live ammunition; see Amnesty Int’l, Trigger Happy-Israel’s Use of Excessive Force in the West Bank, at 6, AI Index MDE 15/002/2014 at 6 (Feb. 27, 2014), https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/MDE15/002/2014/en/ [hereafter ‘Trigger Happy’].