B'Tselem in the media

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.”

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.

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.

24 Jun 2014

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem was quick to point out that the policy harms only innocents and not the accused. Thirteen people, including eight children, none of whom have been accused of or charged with any crime, live in the home slated to be demolished.

24 Jun 2014

B'Tselem executive director Hagai El-Ad, on the decision to demolish the family home of a Palestinian charged with the killing of an Israeli.

17 Jun 2014

In its search for three missing settlers, Israel has imposed unlawful collective punishment on Palestinians living in Hebron, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said Tuesday.

“Security forces have extensive operational powers to achieve the rightful and essential objective of finding the abducted teens,” B’Tselem said in a statement. “Yet these powers are not unlimited, and not all measures are lawful.”

29 May 2014

The Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, which investigates allegations of human rights abuses in the West Bank, said the fatal shootings in Beitunya could not have been caused by rubber bullets.
"We still think that these injuries could not have been sustained with any other weapons other than live ammunition," said Sarit Michaeli, a B'Tselem spokeswoman. Though rubber bullets are sometimes known to be fatal, Michaeli said "there's just no recorded incident ever of a rubber bullet killing two people from a range of about 70 meters," referring to an estimate of the distance between the border police and the victims. However, Michaeli added that the CNN footage shows "border police firing something that looks very much like a rubber bullet."

21 May 2014

But the human rights organisation B'tselem, said it had obtained medical opinion on the entry and exit wounds confirming they were consistent with live fire rounds, and could not have been caused by rubber-coated metal bullets, especially when fired at long range as in this case. B'tselem commented "The army's open fire regulations clearely stipulate that live ammunition should not be used against stone-throwers, except in cases of immediate mortal danger. "Security camera footage of the incident proves that at no stage were security forces endangered by any of the four victims, or by anyone close to them at the time of the shooting."

20 May 2014

An Israeli human rights group, B'Tselem, said the video supported the findings of its own investigation, based on witness accounts and medical records, which indicated that the Israeli troops had used live ammunition "in conditions where there was no feasible justification". Spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli said the troops had been "in zero danger".