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Subsequent to the attack in which Palestinians killed Eitam and Naama Henkin, settlers attacked Palestinians and their property in many parts of the West Bank. Footage shows that soldiers were present at the scene throughout the incidents, but did not prevent attacks or arrest perpetrators. On the contrary, the soldiers accompanied settlers on their rampage, and used crowd-control weapons against Palestinian youth from the villages who threw stones at the settlers to push them back.

The ruins of the Abu al-Jamal family home in East Jerusalem. Photo by ‘Amer ‘Aruri, B’Tselem, 7 October 2015

Authorities Oct. 6 demolition of two flats and sealing of another in East Jerusalem as collective punishment for attacks by occupant’s relatives left 13, including 7 children, homeless. Most did not live in the units slated for demolition. A policy of demolition attackers’ family homes is collective punishment - prohibited under IHL. Despite widely held legal experts’ opinion that this radical measure is unlawful, the HCJ repeatedly approves it. Demolishing or sealing a home is a draconian measure targeting entire families who have done nothing and are suspected of nothing.

Sniper firing 0.22 bullets at stone throwers, a-Nabi Saleh, 5.12.2014, Photo: Haim Schwarczenberg

Following the Israeli military’s probe into the killing of ‘Abd a-Rahman ‘Obeid Allah, 13, in ‘Aydah R.C. by a 0.22 bullet, B’Tselem calls on Israel’s security forces to immediately cease use of this ammunition as a means of crowd control and to refrain from using live ammunition in non-life-threatening circumstances. Since January, 4 Palestinians have been killed and dozens injured by 0.22 bullets. B’Tselem has found ever increasing use of this weapon and that contrary to official statements it is neither regulated nor restricted. It is lethal and the plan to use it in East Jerusalem will have lethal consequences.

Israeli members of the Zaka Rescue and Recovery team near the scene of the incident. Photo: Ammar Awad, Reuters, 3 Oct. 2015

According to media reports, yesterday, 3 Oct. 2015, a Palestinian youth stabbed and killed Israeli civilian Nehemia Lavi and soldier Aharon Bennett in the Old City in East Jerusalem. He also severely wounded Bennett's wife, Adele, and lightly injured their infant son, Natan. B’Tselem expresses shock at the killing, conveys its sincerest condolences to the families of the victims, and wishes the wounded mother and son a speedy recovery. B’Tselem strongly condemns any and all intentional assaults against Israeli or Palestinian civilians. Israeli security forces are obligated to deploy to prevent acts of retaliation.

A woman mourns near the fresh grave of Eitam and Na'ama Henkin. Photo: Baz Ratner, Reuters, 2 Oct. 2015.

According to media reports, on Thursday, 1 Oct. 2015, Palestinians fired at an Israeli car in the Northern West Bank, killing Eitam and Naama Henkin, who were in the car with their four children. The children, who witnessed their parents' killing, were unhurt. B’Tselem expresses shock at the killing and conveys its sincerest condolences to the Henkin family. B’Tselem strongly condemns any and all intentional assaults against Israeli or Palestinian civilians. Following the attack, settlers assaulted with stones Palestinian cars, an ambulance and Palestinian homes in the village of Burin. Israeli security forces are obligated to deploy to prevent additional revenge attacks by settlers against the Palestinian population.

On Tues. Sep. 22, soldiers shot and fatally wounded Hadil al-Hashlamun, 18, at a Hebron checkpoint. B’Tselem’s investigation indicates she had concealed a knife in her cloths and did not obey the soldiers’ orders, but that she did not try to stab them. After she was shot in both legs, there was no justification to aim at her torso. The military’s knee-jerk defense of the soldiers sends a message that there are few limits on the use of force against Palestinians, including lethal force.

Sniper firing 0.22 bullets at stone throwers, a-Nabi Saleh, 5.12.2014, Photo: Haim Schwarczenberg

Israeli PM is reportedly seeking clearance to use live fire against stone-throwers in East Jerusalem after an incident in which a Jerusalem resident was killed following suspected stone-throwing. The move would allow police to use potentially lethal Two-Two bullets. A police plan to use assault dogs and collective punishment against East Jerusalem residents was reportedly approved. The authorities must keep the peace and protect residents, but their approach unlawfully and immorally ignores deep-seated discrimination and human rights abuses in East Jerusalem, while using increasingly violent measures against residents there.

Muhammad 'Alan. Photo: Courtesy of the family.

Today (16 Sept.) media reports stated that upon being discharged from hospital, Muhammad ‘Alan – whose administrative detention order was suspended after he staged a two-month hunger strike demanding he be released – was re-detained under a new order. The authorities continue to harass ‘Alan, who had reached a life-threatening condition because of the hunger strike he held to protest the arbitrary denial of his liberty without the benefit of due process. B’Tselem once more urges Israeli authorities to release ‘Alan immediately from administrative detention.

B’Tselem has been nominated for this year’s Human Rights Tulip! This good news was announced earlier today. The Tulip, awarded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is more than a just a great honor. It comes with a €100,000 prize, which will help us continue exposing the injustices of the occupation and battling its associated human rights violations. The winning nomination is selected from a shortlist of six finalists: three wildcards and three public favorites. And this is where you come in: we need your help. Vote for B’Tselem and make us a public favorite to ensure we get shortlisted. Voting starts today and is only open until September 16th. Vote NOW at

Demolition in Bedouin community east of the village a-Taybah. Photo: Iyad Hadad, B'Tselem, 3 Sept. 2015

On 3 Sept. 2015 the Civil Administration demolished structures belonging to 3 families of the Ka’abneh tribe in a Bedouin community east of the village a-Taybah, Ramallah District. Two families (10 people, incl. 6 minors) lost two residential structures and one livestock pen. CA and military personnel also demolished 4 livestock structures belonging to a third family. This action comes on the heels of an unusually large-scale demolition campaign in August, in which Israeli authorities demolished the homes of 228 individuals, including 124 minors. Demolitions are part of efforts by the CA and the military to force Palestinian communities out of Area C. This government policy constitutes the forcible transfer of protected Palestinians in an occupied territory.

B'Tselem has championed human rights in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for over two decades, promoting a future where all Israelis and Palestinians will live in freedom and dignity.

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