The Palestinians say Israeli soldiers target them indiscriminately and use excessive force against them.
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For Palestinians living in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank, the Nakba is a painful reminder of their struggle against the Israeli occupation's aim to homogenize Palestinian land and dispossess its original inhabitants. Whether living in the holy city's eastern district, in Bethlehem or further north in Nablus, daily life is hemmed in by encroaching wildcat settlements, house demolitions, military checkpoints and daily harassment from Israeli soldiers. Khalifa is a Palestinian living in Jerusalem and runs the non-governmental organization Grassroots Jerusalem.As is the case throughout the occupied West Bank, the expanding settlements are guarded by a constant Israeli military presence.Amr Sandouka, a 1948 Palestinian living in Jerusalem, said that the PA primarily serves Israeli interests, rather than doing anything for the community it governs.In contravention of international law, there are now 611,000 Israeli settlers living in 250 settlements in the West Bank, a third of whom are in East Jerusalem, according to the most recent figures from UNOCHA, the U.N.'s humanitarian agency.
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