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Israel to halt targeted killings of Palestinian militants

[JURIST] Israeli security officials said Wednesday that Israel would suspend its targeted killings [BBC News backgrounder] of Palestinian militants as part of its preparations for a cease-fire and a resumption of peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. Israel will not act on its current target list of militants, but security officials say that if Palestinians resume hostile activity, those responsible will be targeted. AP has more. Israel came under fire for its targeted killing of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin last year, which was widely condemned as contrary to international law [JURIST report; additional report from JURIST]. Prior to the Yassin assassination, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz argued that Israel's policy of targeted killings was legal [JURIST report].

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