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Major challenges must be addressed in Israel over the issue of accountability for violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in order to move towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Even though the Committee Against Torture pointed out that Israel must make efforts to prevent and sanction the use of excessive force, torture and ill-treatment are practiced systematically by the Israel Security Agency (ISA), Israeli soldiers and police officers in prisons under the pretext of security measures. The definition of a “terrorist entity” and of “support to a terrorist entity” became broad and ambiguous in the Counter-terrorism law of 2016, along with provisions extending detention periods for security suspects without judicial review and other draconian measures, such as the use of secret evidence and the exemption of interrogations by the ISA from being recorded. There are also concerns about administrative detention that could lead to an indefinite detention without charge, based on secret evidence inaccessible to detainees and their lawyers.

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