B'Tselem in the media

29 Oct 2014

Il s’agit d’un « projet pilote » prévoyant que le trajet en bus, pour les Palestiniens, s’arrêterait à Eyal, a expliqué à l’AFP Sarit Michaeli, porte-parole de l’ONG israélienne de défense des droits de l’Homme B’Tselem.

« Il est temps d’admettre que cette procédure militaire est un cache-sexe pour céder aux demandes (des colons) de ségrégation raciale dans les bus », a réagi B’Tselem dimanche.

28 Oct 2014

Israeli rights group B'Tselem on Sunday accused Yaalon of issuing a racially motivated edict. "It is time to stop hiding behind technical arrangements... and admit this military procedure is thinly veiled pandering to the demand for racial segregation on buses," said B'Tselem.

Palestinians heading to work in the Tel Aviv or central Israeli area currently enter the Jewish state through the Eyal military checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Qalqiliya, where they are checked before being allowed to board. On the return journey they are free to choose alternative routes, including those passing straight through checkpoints and calling at settlements inside the West Bank, that get the Palestinians closer to their homes and with less delay, said B'Tselem spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli.

Those options would disappear under the new plan, which she told AFP was a "pilot scheme" where the Palestinians' bus ride would leave them back at Eyal where it would terminate. Michaeli said the plan was meant to appease settlers who objected to sharing public transport with the Palestinians on the homeward leg by putting the workers through one point. "To say the ministry's response is disingenuous is an understatement," she said.

23 Oct 2014

Video footage has emerged of Israeli soldiers allegedly detaining a disabled 11-year-old Palestinian boy, who had been accused of throwing stones. In the video the boy can be seen to be pushed up against the rear end of a jeep before his hands are tied behind his back.

He is then blindfolded and placed into the back of the vehicle by the two soldiers. The footage, filmed in the Palestinian city of Hebron, was this week published online by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem. The organisation said the boy was briefly detained after Palestinian children had thrown stones at soldiers on Sunday.

20 Oct 2014

The human rights group B’Tselem released a video on Monday showing Israeli soldiers in Hebron briefly detaining a developmentally disabled Palestinian boy suspected of throwing stones.

B’Tselem said the 11-year-old boy was detained after Palestinian children threw stones at soldiers on a road in the West Bank city near the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba. The video shows the IDF soldiers handcuffing, blindfolding and moving the boy into an army jeep.

B’Tselem, who said the minor is disabled and cannot speak, claimed he was kept in the jeep for around 15 minutes until his father convinced the soldiers to release him.

21 Sep 2014

Now that the fighting in Gaza has died down, B’Tselem is reflecting on its work compiling data on casualties, monitoring international humanitarian law violations — including by Hamas, and collecting first-person testimonies, attempting to put a face to the Palestinians in Gaza. Hagai is quick to note that the media coverage in Israel tended to be one-sided, with little coverage of the war experience for Gazans. As an antidote, B’Tselem relied heavily on social media and web coverage to get additional information disseminated, despite a hacking attempt that left their website site crippled for a few days.

16 Sep 2014

B'Tselem grundades 1989 med målsättningen att dels främja och skydda grundläggande mänskliga rättigheter såvitt gäller invånarna i de ockuperade palestinska områdena, dels sprida kunskap om dessas rättigheter i Israel hos politiker och allmänhet. Man betonar att samma rättigheter gäller för israeler och palestinier och att dessa rättigheter måste respekteras av både israeliska och palestinska myndigheter.

"B'Tselem har under åren riktat världens uppmärksamhet på brott mot mänskliga rättigheter i Israel och på de ockuperade palestinska områdena genom att föra offrens talan och utkräva ansvar från myndigheterna. Att B'Tselems outtröttliga kamp för mänskliga rättigheter förs i en många gånger oförstående omgivning gör dess insatser extra viktiga”, skriver Advokatsamfundet på sin hemsida.

12 Sep 2014

But one prominent Israeli human rights group, B'tselem, says the investigations mechanism is a "masquarade" that will lead to nothing other than a "whitewash."

For the first time, the group will not assist the military investigation into possible human rights violations.

Lerner, the Israeli military spokesman, calls B'tselem's decision "unfortunate" but he believes oversight by Israel's Supreme Court will guarantee the process will be fair.

12 Sep 2014

Sponge-tipped bullets are made of 40-mm-diameter plastic with a sponge tip intended to reduce the bodily injury it causes. A B’Tselem report issued some two years ago found that a sponge-tipped bullet “if used according to the safety regulations, is less dangerous than a rubber-coated metal bullet.”

3 Sep 2014

People of Israel, along with all your commentators: do not push us further into a corner. We are proud "traitors." I call on hundreds of thousands of Zionist Jews living in Israel, who out of love for their country support human rights organizations struggling against the occupation: do not be put off by unbridled attacks of blind commentators and a terrified public. Do not doubt the justice of your ways. Thanks to you we are still a democracy. Thanks to you we are different from the crazy organizations multiplying in our region. Thanks to you, I can still live in Israel.
Alon Liel is a member of B'Tselem's public management and former Director General of the Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

27 Aug 2014

After several successful performances abroad, Arkadi Zaides will reveal his newest work, Archive, to Israeli audiences. In the creation of this work, Zaides teamed up with B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. On stage, Zaides performs in front of footage gathered from the B’Tselem Camera Project.