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Freedom in the World began assessing the West Bank as a separate territory in its 2011 edition. For a complete explanation of the changes in coverage over the years, click here.

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Freedom House is deeply concerned by reports of mistreatment of Palestinian children detained in the occupied West Bank for allegedly throwing rocks at Israelis. Many of these children reportedly have been harshly interrogated and denied access to a lawyer. Such incidents have been on the upswing in recent months, according to the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.

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