21.8.2008
Lt. Colonel Borberg holds Ashraf Abu-Rahma as a soldier shoots a rubber-coated bullet at him. Video: Salam Amirah, Ni'lin, 7 July '08.
Lt. Colonel Borberg holds Ashraf Abu-Rahma as a soldier shoots a rubber-coated bullet at him. Video: Salam Amirah, Ni'lin, 7 July '08.
High Court suspends proceedings in Ni'lin shooting case
Following a petition against the indictment for "unbecoming conduct", the Israeli High Court has obliged the JAG to justify his decision. The court also suspended military court proceedings until the petition is decided upon.

The JAG's decision regarding shooting of Reuters photographer in Gaza is highly unreasonable
The facts of the case raise the serious suspicion that the soldiers in the tank, and those who gave them the order to open fire, failed to adhere to the duty to take all possible precautions to avoid the harming of civilians and civilian objectives.

Military Police to investigate tear gas shooting that severely injured boy
On 1 August, after children threw stones at soldiers in the Jalazun refugee camp, a soldier fired a tear gas canister at a young bystander. Following B'Tselem's complaint, an investigation into the incident was opened. Soldiers often fire tear gas canisters directly at Palestinians, despite legal and military prohibitions.

Israel approves 32,000 requests for family unification in the Territories
The approvals are an exception to Israel's freeze on handling family unification requests. Although B'Tselem welcomes the action, it emphasizes that Israel is required at all times to respect the fundamental right to a family life and must immediately lift the freeze.

B'Tselem to 'Abbas: Commute death sentences
Two Palestinians were recently sentenced to death in the PA after being convicted of treason and conspiracy for "collaboration" with Israel. Although there is a clear international trend toward eliminating the death penalty, the PA has yet to do so.