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Public Committee Against Torture in Israel v. Government of Israel

Supreme Court of Israel
H.C.J 769/02 (2005)


Facts

During conflicts in the West Bank, the Israeli military killed approximately 210 people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Israel (defendant) purportedly killed these individuals because they were terrorists who could not be arrested and who posed an immediate danger to Israeli citizens. The Public Committee against Torture in Israel (plaintiff) and the Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment (plaintiff), two Israeli non-governmental organizations, challenged Israel’s actions, arguing that these targeted preventive killings were instead prohibited killings of civilians under international humanitarian law.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Barak, C.J.)

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