B'Tselem in the Media

8 Dec 2016

B'Tselem, which collected evidence from the scenes, said, "Puzzling that the defense budget, which manages to pay the 600 soldiers guarding the 800 settlers in Hebron, could not find the money to buy the soldiers soap. The IDF treats the homes of Palestinians in Hebron like hotels which they have free access to. This is routine in the occupation, which has been going on for nearly 50 years. The entry of the army into a private home is a violent and humiliating act that terrifies the residents, invades their privacy and harms their ability to lead a normal life."

7 Nov 2016

Donations to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem reportedly have more than tripled in the wake of a firestorm sparked when the organization’s director called on the UN to take action against Israel over its West Bank settlement policies.

The surge in private contributions to B’Tselem in the last month amounts to a 350 percent increase over funds raised by the left-wing organization over previous months this year, according to an Army Radio report Monday.

22 Oct 2016

The village is one of 241 Palestinian communities in the Israeli-controlled West Bank — a zone known as Area C — that lack services because “Israel practically bans Palestinian construction” while helping Jewish settlements grow, according to the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. In 2014, Israel granted only one Area C building permit for Palestinians — out of 242 applications — and approved 37 of the 1,640 Palestinian permit requests for the area between 2009 and 2012, according to B’Tselem. Area C makes up 60 percent of the West Bank.

“Israeli occupation authorities have an obligation to provide these services,” B’Tselem spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli said. “But the Israelis don’t provide, and if the Palestinians provide for themselves, the Israelis knock it down.”

1 Apr 2016

The Palestinian, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, 21, was one of two men accused of stabbing an Israeli soldier at the scene moments earlier, the IDF said. The second Palestinian suspect, Ramzi Qasrawi Tamimi, 21, was shot and killed at the scene.
"An Israeli soldier can be seen shooting the injured al-Sharif," said B'Tselem, an Israeli human rights organization that shot the video. "The incident happens in the plain view of many other soldiers and officers, who do not seem to take any notice. The soldiers and medical teams are seen in the video treating the lightly injured soldier while ignoring the two seriously injured youths."

31 Mar 2016

NGO B'Tselem, who last week obtained a video of an IDF soldier shooting a subdued Palestinian in Hebron from one of its volunteers, is now asking for military protection for the volunteer who documented the shooting.

B’Tselem director Hagai El-Ad wrote a letter on Wednesday to the OC Central Command Roni Numa and Chief of Police Roni Alsheich informing them of death threats made against Imad Abu Shamsiyeh, the B’Tselem volunteer who filmed the incident.

El-Ad requested assurance from the military and police commanders that they are aware of the threats made against Abu Shamsiyeh and his family. He emphasized that it is the duty of the police and the central command to ensure that everything in their power is done to protect the family from further violence, including issuing clear, adequate directives to soldiers and police officers stationed in Hebron.

24 Mar 2016

Sarit Michaeli, a spokeswoman for the Israeli rights organization B’tselem, said she thought that prosecution was unlikely, based on past experience. She said that for her, “the most shocking thing about the video, aside from the action of the soldiers, is the callous indifference of the soldiers and officers and members of security forces around him.”

Ms. Michaeli blamed “the public climate in Israel,” with “virtually every politician condoning the notion” that Palestinian attackers should be killed. “You cannot but have an impact on the soldiers on the ground,” she said.

24 Feb 2016

During winter, the air conditioning blows out freezing air. A light is kept on around the clock to keep inmates awake. Food provided in the cramped cells is raw or rotting. As Palestinian security detainees undergo interrogation by the Israel Security Agency (ISA) at Shikma Prison in southern Israel, they are held in “hellish” circumstances designed to break their will – and that is before their questioning begins.

That, at least, is the grim portrait of conditions for Palestinians held at Shikma because of suspected security offences that emerged from a joint report by two leading Israeli human rights groups, based on 116 sworn affidavits taken from prisoners detained between August 2013 and March 2014. “Conditions at the Shikma facility are an inherent part of interrogations there: they serve to weaken both mind and body, complementing the actual interrogation of detainees in the interrogation room,” says the report, issued by B’tselem and HaMoked rights groups and funded by the European Union.

24 Feb 2016

Dozens of Palestinian detainees at an Israeli detention facility have been subjected to mistreatment, and in some cases torture, two Israeli human rights groups alleged on Wednesday.

The report was released at a time of heightened violence. In new bloodshed Wednesday, Israeli troops accidentally shot and killed a fellow soldier as they thwarted a Palestinian stabber in the West Bank, the military said.

The report by the B'Tselem and HaMoked rights groups presented accounts by 116 Palestinian detainees on conditions at the Shikma interrogation facility, run by the Israeli Shin Bet internal security agency.

24 Feb 2016

The B'Tselem and HaMoked NGOs on Wednesday issued a draft report containing testimony from 116 Palestinian security detainees accusing Israel of extremely harsh conditions, including deprivation of sleep and food.

In one case, A., a Palestinian in his thirties from a refugee camp near Ramallah, described his imprisonment in the interrogation facility of Shikma Prison in Ashkelon in 2013.

"I was forced to sit for three or four days on a very low chair in a freezing room, with the air conditioner constantly on cold," he said. "I complained that I want to see a doctor because at some point I felt bad, and only after two days was I examined. The doctor handed me a paracetamol pill and that was the end of the medical treatment. The behavior towards me was very bad. They put me in solitary confinement in a dirty little cell where I was detained for a month. There was a bright light that was on 24 hours a day. One day, after a month, suddenly they told me they were letting me go. I came home and I suffered for a long time from pain in my body and especially in my back. "

Did it have a psychological effect on you?
"I do not want to talk about it."

2 Feb 2016

The Civil Administration Tuesday morning demolished 22 temporary structures in two herding Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hill, according to the non-governmental group B’Tselem. It explained that 110 people were now homeless. The Civil Administration would not comment on the matter.

It’s believed that the Civil Administration intended to demolish some 40 structures built without authorizations in those two communities, Jinba and Halawa, which are located in the 918 IDF firing range. But they stopped the demolitions after an attorney for the two communities obtained an emergency injunction from the High Court of Justice.