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Drones and desensitisation in the Palestinian cause

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Footage has emerged across Israeli media of drones dropping tear gas canisters on Palestinian protestors close to the border in the South of Gaza last Friday. The Times of Israel and Haaretz have both reported the targeting of the protest with slightly differing narratives.

The former reported that an Israel Defence Forces (IDF) spokesperson refuted responsibility for the drone operation, stating that the Israeli Border Police were responsible. Meanwhile, Haaretz attributed the drone use to the IDF, with military sources saying that, “This crowd-control method is still experimental and has not yet been made operational.”

Two main outcomes should be discerned from the reports. There is a clear admission that Israel experiments with new weapons on the Palestinian population in Gaza. Also, that Israel is constantly seeking ways to deflect accountability by normalising its violence upon Palestinian........

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