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"The crisis in [the West Bank city of] Hebron... has at its core a disregard for human rights and international humanitarian law... including excessive use of force by IDF [Israeli Defense Forces] soldiers against unarmed Palestinian demonstrators; unlawful killings by IDF soldiers; unacknowledged assassinations of suspected Palestinian militants; attacks by Palestinian gunmen directed against Israeli civilians...; disproportionate IDF gunfire in response to Palestinian attacks; extensive abuses by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians and the lack of an IDF response to such abuses; and "closure" measures imposed by the IDF on the Palestinian community that amount to collective punishment."

-- Human Rights Watch in CENTER OF THE STORM: A Case Study of Human Rights Abuses in Hebron District, April 2001

April 7 2002 Jerusalem Press Conference

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