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April 7, 2006
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The Israeli and Palestinian Authority governments had poor human rights records in the West Bank and Gaza Strip last year, the U.S. State Department said. The grades came Wednesday in a report on U.S. support for human rights and democracy around the world. The P.A. grade was “due in part to the government’s failure to fully establish control of public security, including insufficient measures to prevent attacks on targets within the occupied territories and in Israel by Palestinian terrorist groups, which operated with impunity,” the report said. Israel’s poor record was “due in part to actions by Israeli soldiers and settlers that resulted in death and injury to Palestinian civilians.”

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