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Lawyer Petitions to Stop Israeli Political Assassinations

HeadlineJan 09, 2001

In Jerusalem, a lawyer has filed a petition calling on Israel’s Supreme Court to stop the army from carrying out a policy of assassinating Palestinian activists. The lawyer, Naila Atiaa, said she was asking for the Supreme Court to issue an injunction until it rules on her petition. She said the killings were against Israeli law and contravened the Geneva Convention. Palestinians say that Israel has assassinated more than 20 activists in the last three months. Israel denies it has a policy of political assassination, but Israel’s deputy defense minister told Reuters that security forces were authorized to “hit precisely those top operatives of terrorist organizations who mastermind and organize attacks on Israel.”

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