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Normalising Israeli violence during the pandemic 

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In April, the Israeli Civil Administration stated that it would halt the demolition and destruction of Palestinian dwellings during the coronavirus pandemic. The decision, communicated as a victory by the Palestinian Authority, attempted to portray Israel as being concerned with the humanitarian consequences of the pandemic for a displaced population.

However, “security concerns” have provided a loophole for Israel to indulge in demolitions even during this time. Moreover, Palestinian infrastructure was not spared the routine, wilful violence. Just as home demolitions were not halted, neither was the destruction of Palestinian property and the targeting of basic necessities, such as water supplies.

The Israeli NGO B’Tselem has reported that Israel has damaged 24 water tanks in the Palestinian village of Kafr Qadum since the beginning of April. The destruction, B’Tselem said, is carried out in retaliation for the weekly protests against Israel’s blocking of the village’s exit routes. Palestinians have been participating in........

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