B'Tselem in the media

27 Mar 2014

Ahmed Awad has petitioned the High Court of Justice to force the army to finish its inquiry into the shooting death of his son Samir, 16, on January 15, 2013 by the security barrier near the West Bank village of Budrus. He has filed his suit together with the Israeli nongovernmental group B’Tselem, who has worked to highlight Awad’s case. They are represented in their suit by Gabi Lasky. “This is not a petition on the substance but on the procedural issue of needing a response,” said B’Tslem spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli. Completing an investigation promptly within a reasonable period of time is an obligation, it's not some kind of favor, she said.

26 Mar 2014

"The primary responsibility for the killing lies with the commanders who sent the soldiers out on armed ambush," B'Tselem director Jessica Montell said in a statement that urged the military police to consider whether the commanders should "bear personal criminal responsibility" for Shawamreh's death.

23 Mar 2014

"Palestinian communities are denied basic services from the municipality as severe restrictions on growth and development are imposed on them," Sarit Micheaeli, director of the Israeli human rights organisation B'Tselem, told Al Jazeera. "Meanwhile, Israeli communities - or settlements in East Jerusalem - get full support from the government." "It's disingenuous to say it's a law enforcement issue when you don't allow people the option to build legally. You are pushing them into building illegally and then, of course, washing your hands of the whole affair… Self-demolitions are just one of the many tricks used by Israel to maintain demographic majority in Jerusalem throughout its occupation."

13 Mar 2014

A settler became tangled in barbed wire after he climbed on to the roof of a Palestinian apartment building in Hebron to remove two Palestinian flags, as seen in a video published on YouTube by B’Tselem.
The incident last Saturday began when a bearded settler, wearing Shabbat clothing – black pants, a white shirt and a large white skullcap – set up a wooden ladder and climbed up it.
He tried to scale a wire fence around the roof of a Palestinian home next to Beit Hadassah, a Jewish apartment complex, in an area of the city under Israeli military control.
Shadi Sidr, one of the Palestinian home owners and a volunteer for the Israeli NGO B’Tselem, filmed the incident. The video opens as the settler, breathless from the climb, gets caught on barbed wire woven into the fence.

8 Mar 2014

My name is Manal Ja’bri, I am 38-years-old and I have seven children, between the ages of 9 and 18, and I am the sole breadwinner in my family. I grew up in a house near the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba. Settlers burned my family’s home and used to beat us on our way to school. One of the problems in Palestinian society is that people don’t differentiate between Israelis, Jews and settlers – they are all settlers to us. I used to think the same way, but over the years I learned to tell the difference.

28 Feb 2014

The theoretical debate about the future of the Jordan Valley has tangible effects on the ground, with families spending the winter without shelter. Every elementary schoolchild learning the Book of Samuel can tell you that it is blatantly unjust for us, who live in comfort, to deprive these families of the meager shelter they have.

25 Feb 2014

Mufid Sharabati, 47, was forced to shutter his family’s tobacco shop on Shuhada street following the massacre. Today, a large iron bar welded diagonally to the shop’s metal doors guarantees the shop will not be opened in contravention of the rules. B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights NGO, claims that 1,829 Palestinian shops in downtown Hebron, 77 percent of the total number, remain shut. Over 1,000 apartments in the area have been abandoned by their Palestinian owners, B’Tselem claims, 42% of the total number of homes surveyed by the organization at the end of 2006. The windows of apartments that remain inhabited are fixed with metal caging to protect them from stones thrown occasionally by settlers.

18 Feb 2014

Jessica Montell, executive-director of the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, said that while the new program would help, it would not go far enough.
“We have documented a long list of concerns regarding the military justice system’s treatment of minors,” Montell said.
“Certainly, the nighttime arrests are a problem, along with violence during the course of arrests and in detention. But there are major issues this pilot doesn’t address. A central problem is the fact that children are interrogated without their parents being present, are not released on bail, and many serve jail time for offenses for which an Israeli child would not even be detained.”

13 Feb 2014

Israeli rights group B'Tselem also said there was "discrimination in water allocation", with Israelis receiving "much more water than Palestinian residents of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip". According to the Israeli national water company, Mekorot, the average household water consumption in Israel is between 100 and 230 litres per person per day. For Palestinians in the West Bank connected to the water mains, the average daily consumption is about 73 litres.

4 Feb 2014

The Bisharat's are just one couple out of thousands who are separated despite marriage because of Israel's policies, according to a report by "B'Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories” and “HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual,” two Israeli human rights group. Naama Baumgarten-Sharon, who wrote the report on behalf of B’Tselem, says that she believes the goal of the Israeli policy is not to separate families, but rather to separate Gaza from the West Bank and Jerusalem. But, she pointed out that the residents are really the ones paying the price.