Hadeel Ma'ali, hospitalized in Israel after a settler threw a stone at her family near Yizhar, looks at her picture in the newspaper. Photo: Ronen Shimoni, B'Tselem, 5 Aug. '08.
Human rights organizations: Suspend proceedings in Ni'lin affair
The demand follows the decision to charge the lieutenant colonel and the soldier with the relatively light offense of "inappropriate conduct". The High Court stated in 1988: "Harming a bound and helpless person is a shameful and cruel act, and calls for an appropriately severe response".
Increase in settler violence
12 reported settler attacks on Palestinians took place between 29 July and 4 August alone. These cases reflect a sharp increase in reports of such violence, and represent a peak to an escalation that has been mounting for several weeks.
Settler violence continues in Hebron
Last weekend, B'Tselem filmed several settler assaults in Hebron, including minors throwing stones at Palestinian homes. The footage also shows soldiers standing by while a settler attacks a B'Tselem worker, breaking his camera.
Defense minister orders demolition of family home of attack perpetrator
The demolition of houses as punishment is a grave breach of international humanitarian law. It is a clear case of collective punishment, which violates the principle that a person is not to be punished for the acts of another.
Civil Administration threatens to demolish most of al-'Aqabah village
The Civil Administration has issued orders to demolish most of the houses in the village of al-'Aqabah, which lies in the northern Jordan Valley, and many houses in other villages in the area. Israel's planning policy in the West Bank centers on preventing Palestinian construction and promoting expansion of settlements.
Violent confrontations break out between Hamas and Fatah
Violent confrontations between Hamas and Fatah have broken out again in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, involving reported violations of international law pertaining to human rights.