Israeli troops kill dozens of Palestinians protesting against US embassy move to Jerusalem on Partisan Viewpoint

In theory, at least, the Israeli military’s rules of engagement for demonstrations are largely clear.

In general terms – as has been exposed in court cases, commentaries and remarks by officials – soldiers are only permitted to open fire during a demonstration if lives are deemed to be under threat. In reality, however, that has often be interpreted either in omission or with such latitude that outside observers have criticised lethal live fire as excessive force.

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