Children killed in recent bout of hostilities in Gaza and Israel (partial list):

  • Daniel Tragerman
    , 4
    |
  • Mahmoud Ahmad al-Qasas
    , 10
    |
  • Muhammad Iyad al-Qasas
    , 4
    |
  • Saji Hasan Akram al-Halaq
    , 4
    |
  • Amneh Jihad Matar
    , 10
    |
  • Asem Khalil 'Abd 'Amar
    , 4
    |
  • Iman Ibrahim 'Ayesh a-Ramahi
    , 14
    |
  • Dima 'Abdallah Salim
    , 3
    |
  • Qasem Jaber 'Adwan Kaware'
    , 12
    |
  • Muhammad Ziad Saleh a-Rahal
    , 5
    |
  • Bader Siyam
    , 4
    |
  • Sha'ban Jamil Ziyadah
    , 12
    |
  • Manar Majed al-Batsh
    , 13
    |
  • Muhammad Ibrahim Faek al-Masri
    , 14
    |
  • Suha 'Abd Rabu Musleh
    , 2
    |
  • Asil al-Masri
    , 15
    |
  • Abd a-Rahman Mahmoud 'Ab a-Nabi
    , 1
    |
  • Islam Hamudah Hussein a-Najar
    , 3
    |
  • Hadi Salah a-Din Abu Hasanein
    , 12
    |
  • Ghadah Subhi Sa'idi 'Ayad
    , 13
    |
  • Muhammad Mansur al-Bshiti
    , 7
    |
  • Baraah Saleh Mahmoud a-Raqab
    , 11
    |
  • Miriam 'Atiyeh al-'Arja
    , 10
    |
  • Muhammad Anwar Suliman a-Darazin
    , 3
    |
  • Suliman Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 14
    |
  • Ahmad 'Abd Rabu Musleh
    , 14
    |
  • Walaa Muhammad al-Kayed
    , 15
    |
  • Abdallah Yusef Daraji
    , 2
    |
  • Elyas Ibrahim Dib al-Kulani
    , 4
    |
  • Hiba Akram Saleh a-Sha'er
    , 15
    |
  • Rahaf Isma'il Abu Jam'ah
    , 4
    |
  • Muhammad Salameh Abu Dabagh
    , 12
    |
  • Yasin Ibrahim Dib al-Kilani
    , 9
    |
  • Yasmin Nayef al-Astal
    , 4
    |
  • Nujud Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame', 4 months
    |
  • Muhammad Hani Muhammad al-Halaq
    , 2
    |
  • Siraj Yaser Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 4
    |
  • Ibrahim a-Sheikh 'Omar
    , 2
    |
  • Wasim Mustafa Salhiyah
    , 15
    |
  • Abeid Fadel Abu Hweishel
    , 9
    |
  • Umamah Ousamah Khalil al-Hayah
    , 8
    |
  • Haniyah 'Abd a-Rahman Abu Jarad
    , 3
    |
  • Rawan Ziad Hajaj
    , 15
    |
  • Muhammad Rami Fathi 'Ayad
    , 3
    |
  • Lamyaa Iyad al-Qasas
    , 11
    |
  • Nidal Khalaf 'Awad Nawasrah
    , 4
    |
  • Amir Iyad Salem 'Arif
    , 11
    |
  • Samar al-Qasas
    , 3
    |
  • Ibrahim Ramadan Abu Daqah
    , 10
    |
  • Khalil Ousamah Khalil al-Hayah
    , 5
    |
  • Fatmeh Ahmad al-'Arja
    , 14
    |
  • Ahmad Walid Nasrallah Samur
    , 9
    |
  • Husam Husam Abu Qainas
    , 7
    |
  • Rayan Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 5
    |
  • Musa 'Abd a-Rahman Abu Jarad, 8 months
    |
  • Mu'taz Hessein Samir a-Najar
    , 6
    |
  • Arwa al-Qasas
    , 4
    |
  • Sajidah Yaser Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 7
    |
  • Amirah 'Adel Siyam, 8 months
    |
  • Ahed 'Attaf 'Ahed Baker
    , 9
    |
  • Ayub Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 10
    |
  • Jihad 'Isam Marzuq Sheheibar
    , 10
    |
  • Fares Jum'ah a-Tarabin، 3 months
    |
  • Ahmad Na'Im Muhammad Musalam
    , 11
    |
  • Bader Hatem 'Amish
    , 9
    |
  • Shahd Mu'in 'Ali Qishtah
    , 9
    |
  • Maisaa Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 7
    |
  • Muhmmad Ibrahim Antiz
    , 13
    |
  • Sarah 'Omar Sheikh al-'Eid
    , 9
    |
  • Anas Qdeih
    , 7
    |
  • Abd a-Rahman Basam Khatab
    , 5
    |
  • Islam al-Qasas
    , 15
    |
  • Dalal Siyam, 9 months
    |
  • Qusai 'Isam al-Batsh
    , 12
    |
  • Muhammad Mustafa Malakeh
    , 2
    |
  • Bitul Basam Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 4
    |
  • Tawfiq Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 4
    |
  • Marah Shaker a-Jamal
    , 10
    |
  • Muhammad Akram al-Kafarneh
    , 15
    |
  • Sawsan Ibrahim Dib al-Kilani
    , 11
    |
  • Ahmad Sufian a-Jamal
    , 9
    |
  • Wisam 'Isam Marzuq Sheheibar
    , 7
    |
  • Abd al-'Aziz Salah a-Din Abu Hasanein
    , 14
    |
  • Israa al-Qasas
    , 7
    |
  • Hani Suliman Muhammad a-Najar
    , 7
    |
  • Raed Muhammad Thari
    , 4
    |
  • Muhammad Salem Antiz
    , 3
    |
  • Yamen Riyad al-Hmeideh
    , 4
    |
  • Nabil Mahmoud Muhammad al-Astal
    , 13
    |
  • Muhammad Jihad Matar
    , 12
    |
  • Siraj Iyad 'Abd al-'Al
    , 8
    |
  • Ahmad Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 8
    |
  • Walid Sa'id al-Harazin
    , 7
    |
  • Abdallah Ramadan Abu Ghazal
    , 5
    |
  • Ulfat hussein Abu 'Atiyeh
    , 4
    |
  • Haifaa Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 9
    |
  • Ru'ya Mhamhmoud 'Abd al-Hamid a-Zweidi
    , 5
    |
  • Muhammad Ramez 'Izat Baker
    , 11
    |
  • Yasmin Mahmoud al-Astal
    , 5
    |
  • Kinan Hasan Akram al-Halaq
    , 6
    |
  • Nur Yaser Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 2
    |
  • Amjad Salem Khamis Sha't
    , 15
    |
  • Samih Na'im Abu Jarad
    , 1
    |
  • Ibrahim Khalil 'Abd 'Amar
    , 12
    |
  • Zakariyah 'Ahed Subhi Baker
    , 10
    |
  • Fadi Diab Hassan Islim
    , 10
    |
  • Ahmad Ayman Siyam
    , 15
    |
  • Husam Ibrahim a-Najar
    , 14
    |
  • Rizeq Ahmad al-Hayek
    , 2
    |
  • Musa Muhammad Taher al-Astal
    , 15
    |
  • Mu'in Muhammad Siyam
    , 5
    |
  • Muhammad Ahmad As'ad al-Bidi, 3 months
    |
  • Nagham Mahmoud 'Abd al-Hamid a-Zweidi
    , 2
    |
  • Amir 'Adel Siyam
    , 12
    |
  • Safaa Malakeh
    , 6
    |
  • Aya Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 12
    |
  • Jawdat Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 13
    |
  • Fatmeh Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 12
    |
  • Ahmad Nael Mahdi
    , 15
    |
  • Basem Salem Kaware'
    , 10
    |
  • Rinat Taysir Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 2
    |
  • Mahmoud Jihad 'Awad 'Abdin
    , 12
    |
  • Muhammad Iyad Salem 'Arif
    , 10
    |
  • Saher Abu Namus
    , 3
    |
  • Anas 'Alaa Subhi al-Batsh
    , 10
    |
  • Abd a-Rahman Akram a-Skafi
    , 12
    |
  • Iman Khalil 'Abd 'Amar
    , 9
    |
  • Dina 'Abdallah 'Aziz
    , 5
    |
  • Qasem Rabi'
    , 12
    |
  • Muhammad Khalaf Nawasrah
    , 2
    |
  • Bisan Basem Ahmad Abu Jame', 6 months
    |
  • Tala Akram al-'Atawi
    , 10
    |
  • Marwah Suliman Ahmad a-Sarsawi
    , 12
    |
  • Muhammad Ayman a-Sha'er
    , 5
    |
  • Suhelah Basam Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 3
    |
  • Asil Wisam Marzuq Sheheibar
    , 7
    |
  • Abd al-Karim Anwar Suliamn a-Drazin
    , 5
    |
  • Isma'il Muhammad Subhi Baker
    , 9
    |
  • Hadi 'Abd a-Nabi
    , 4
    |
  • Ghaidaa Siyam
    , 7
    |
  • Muhammad Na'im Muhammad Musalam
    , 15
    |
  • Hamzah Ousamah Khalil ak-Hayah
    , 4
    |
  • Mariam Shybub a-Shanbari
    , 11
    |
  • Muhammad Ashraf Rafiq 'Ayad
    , 3
    |
  • Siham Muhammad Ibrahim Zu'rub
    , 11
    |
  • Ahmad Ramzi Abu Qadus
    , 13
    |
  • Walaa Na'im Muhammad Musalam
    , 14
    |
  • Abdallah Muhammad Kaware'
    , 12
    |
  • Adham Ahmad Abu 'Atiyeh
    , 4
    |
  • Hiba Hamed a-Sheikh Khalil
    , 14
    |
  • Rahaf Khalil Hamadah a-Jabur
    , 4
    |
  • Muhammad 'Ali Kaware'
    , 13
    |
  • Yasmin Muhammad al-Mutawaq
    , 4
    |
  • Yaser Ibrahim Dib al-Kilani
    , 8
    |
  • Nur al-Islam Ahmad Abu Hweishel
    , 6
    |
  • Amal Bahaa al-Batsh
    , 2
    |
  • Salma Salem a-Radi'
    , 5
    |
  • Ibrahim Jamal Kamal Naser
    , 13
    |
  • Zeinab Safwat Abu Tir
    , 3
    |
  • Omar Jamil Subhi Hamudah
    , 10
    |
  • Osamah Mahmoud al-Astal
    , 8
    |
  • Hatem Na'im 'Aqel
    , 14
    |
  • Razan Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jame'
    , 14
    |
  • Muhammad Rajaa Hindem
    , 15
    |
  • Muhammad Abu Shabab
    , 15
    |
  • Nasmah Iyad al-Qasas
    , 10
    |
  • Amir Hamudah Hussein a-Najar
    , 2
    |
  • Samar Musa Abu Jarad
    , 15
    |
  • Ibtehal Ibrahim 'Ayesh a-Ramahi
    , 4
    |
  • Hatem Zein Nayef al-Yazji
    , 3
    |
  • Fatmeh Mahmoud al-Haj
    , 14
    |
  • Ahmad Khaled Muhammad a-Najar
    , 14
    |
  • Hussein Yusef Kaware'
    , 13
    |
  • Rim Ibrahim Dib al-Kilani
    , 12
    |
  • Mustafa Siyam
    , 9
    |

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B'Tselem, Anar Mammadli from Azerbaijan, and the Jesuit Refugee Service from Malta were announced today in Prague as the shortlisted candidates for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize. The prize is awarded by the Council of Europe to organizations and individuals doing outstanding civil society work in defense of human rights in Europe and throughout the world. It is awarded annually during the plenary session of the Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in partnership with the Václav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation.

Archive Photo: Reuters.

According to media reports, armed Hamas operatives killed over twenty Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for allegedly collaborating with Israel. Images of the executions were published in the media. According to media reports, since Thursday 21 August 2014, some 25 Palestinians were executed, including seven persons in a central square in Gaza City.

B'Tselem's board and staff send their sincere condolences to our colleague Issam Younis, director of al-Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza, for the death of his father and his father's wife in an Israeli airstrike on Rafah, in the morning of 21 August 2014.

During the fighting in Gaza, dozens of residences were bombed while residents were at home. The following infographic lists members of families killed in their homes in 72 incidents of bombing or shelling. In these incidents, 547 people were killed, including 125 women under the age of 60, 250 minors, and 29 people over the age of 60. Mouse over the houses for more details. The figures B’Tselem collected regarding the number of Palestinians killed in the course of the fighting in the Gaza Strip are very preliminary, and are still being cross-referenced and checked.

Settler throwing stones next to a soldier. Still from video.

On 16 Aug. settlers and Palestinians began throwing stones at each other behind the Beit Hadassah settlement in the city of Hebron. The settlers were throwing stones from a spot near a military guard post, yet the soldiers stationed there did nothing to stop them. Nonetheless, the soldiers used crowd control measures against the Palestinians who were throwing stones, and even detained two, one of them a boy. The military is duty-bound to take action to enforce the law on both parties. Refraining from action against violent settlers conveys a message that settlers may attack Palestinians and their property and get military protection to do so.

Boy trying to recover items from his home, demolished as a punitive measure in Bethlehem. Photo: Magnus Johansson, Reuters, 15 June 2004

Last night (18 Aug.) the military demolished the homes of two of the suspects in the abduction and killing of the three yeshiva students, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrah, near Gush Etzion two months ago. The home of a third suspect was sealed. The homes were demolished after the HCJ denied three petitions filed by HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual, leaving 23 innocent people, including 13 minors, without a roof over their heads. The HCJ's ruling is not surprising: for decades, the HCJ has denied the vast majority of the petitions filed against punitive house demolitions and refused to recognize the unlawfulness of this practice.

A house bombed in Gaza. Photo: Ronen Zvulun, Reuters, 26 July 2014

Airstrikes on homes were central to Israel's military policy from the start of its latest operation in Gaza. Holding Hamas responsible for the heavy toll this policy took on civilians in Gaza is a faulty premise, both legally and morally. Hamas does indeed fire at Israeli civilians, operate from within the civilian population and conceal weapons at civilian sites. Hamas must be held accountable these violations of the law. Yet this responsibility does not absolve the Israeli government and senior military officers of responsibility for the consequences of Israel's own policy and actions.

Member of emergency services crew in Gaza; background: house bombed on 10 July 2014. Photo: Ahmad Zakut, Reuters

According to B'Tselem's initial figures, at least 1,767 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip and Israel from the time fighting began through 10 Aug. 2014. The fatalities include: 431 minors (one minor participated in the hostilities), 200 women (under age 60), 85 persons aged 60 and over. During the same period two Israeli civilians, one foreign national and 64 Israeli soldiers have been killed in Israel and the Gaza Strip. The figures B’Tselem collected regarding the number of Palestinians killed in the course of the fighting in the Gaza Strip are very preliminary and incomplete. In the months ahead, B’Tselem plans to further investigate the incidents.

In a letter to B’Tselem and ACRI, Deputy Attorney General, Dina Zilber, has informed the organizations that the decision of the director of the National Civic Service Authority to stop allowing national civic volunteers to work with B’Tselem has been put on hold. Zilber said that the director would soon be summoned to the Justice Ministry to explain his decision and the circumstances under which it was made and that B’Tselem and ACRI would subsequently be informed of the final decision on this matter.

Photos: Muhammad Sabah, B'Tselem

Photos of the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. Taken by Muhammad Sabah, B’Tselem field researcher in Gaza, on 5 August 2014, in the course of the ceasefire. Whole sections of Beit Hanoun have been demolished, making it one of the hardest hit communities in the recent offensive, along with Gaza City, Beit Lahiya, Khuza’ah and Rafah. In the course of the fighting B’Tselem collected several testimonies from Beit Hanoun residents. Click here to view photos and read testimonies.

Since the recent bout of fighting in Gaza began, the internet has been inundated with footage of the fighting and its results. It is often difficult to determine the reliability of this footage as well as the context in which the images were shot. Our blog will present footage we collected from various online sources. We do not have full information regarding most of the items, so we appended explanatory notes for context. We also provided links to related media reports and cited details of information still missing. Please note: Most of the clips contain graphic content.

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Beit Hanoun resident leave town during brief humanitarian ceasefire. Photo: Muhammad Sabah, B’Tselem, 26 July 2014

"I drove the second ambulance, and there were two medics with me. The street is only about 200-300 meters from the call center, so we were there within minutes. When we reached the entrance to the street, we were surprised to see three tanks and a military bulldozer in the street, about 100 meters away. Suddenly, with no warning, they opened heavy machine-gun fire at us. The bullets penetrated the ambulance. I tried to turn the ambulance around to get out of there, but the steering wheel must have been hit. Suddenly, I felt sharp pain in my leg and realized I'd been hit by a bullet or shrapnel. Then the windshield shattered. Because I couldn't turn the ambulance around, I decided to try reversing. They kept firing as I backed up, until we got far enough away."

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