The topic of “targeted killings” is strongly – but by no means exclusively – related to the State of Israel. Since the 1970s, dozens of alleged “terrorists” are reported to have been assassinated by Israeli security forces in Israel and abroad. In the early 1990s a number of human rights associations alleged that the Israel Defence Forces had set up units of “pseudo-Arabs” whose official mission was to catch wanted terrorists, but whose operation procedures de facto allowed the forces to kill their targets in many cases rather than arrest them. However, such a practice was vehemently denied by Israel and is thus at least not the official beginning of a policy of targeted killings.
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