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Resource: Privatizating law enforcement in, around settlements

‘The Lawless Zone’ is a report by Yesh Din on the transfer of policing and security powers to the Civilian Security Coordinators (CSC) in Israel’s West Bank settlements and outposts. The report presents an analysis of the institution of the CSCs as an inherent aspect of the biased and chaotic state of Israeli law enforcement in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The report demonstrates how the regime of civilian security coordinators undermines the rule of law in the West Bank to the point of stripping it of all meaning. It constitutes another layer in Israel’s dereliction of its duty to protect the Palestinian residents of the West Bank, Yesh Din writes.

Read more about the report here. Watch a video explaining the civilian security system here.

Related:
Settler violence: It comes with the territory
Sheriffs of the land: Meet the settlers with military authority

Yesh Din is a volunteer organization working to defend the human rights of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation.

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    1. Mikesailor

      Why try to sugarcoat this practice in your headline? This isn’t “privatizing law enforcement” but the hiring of armed thugs to terrorize the palestinian population and ensure impunity for settler depredations. These are armed militias needing nothing but the israeli security establishment, both IDF and Border Police, to “look the other way”. A policy which both agencies are only too happy to kowtow to and comply.

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    2. Average American

      It might be important to remember that the West Bank is and has been for many years under Martial Law. Many things are allowed that would not be under normal law. This is on purpose by Israel. Also might be important to remember this “policing” is being done for the exclusive benefit of one strictly defined race.

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