B'Tselem in the media

27 Jan 2015

An Israeli human rights group said Israel’s attacks on residential buildings in Gaza during the 50-day war against Hamas last summer appeared in at least some instances to violate the provisions of international law and raised grave legal concerns in others, according to a report to be published on Wednesday.

Hagai El-Ad, the executive director of B’Tselem, said he found it disturbing that just a few weeks before Israeli elections, scheduled for March 17, and five months after the end of combat, the Gaza war was not a major subject of debate in Israel. Briefing reporters on Tuesday, he said his group intended to try to engage Israelis and raise public awareness of the issues through social media.

27 Jan 2015

"Impossible de dire que l'armée ne savait pas ou ne pouvait pas savoir combien de civils seraient tués dans ces attaques". L'ONG israélienne de défense des droits de l'Homme B'Tselem accuse, ce mercredi, l'armée israélienne d'avoir délibérément mené des bombardements sur la bande de Gaza alors même que le commandement savait que ces raids tueraient des civils, lors de son offensive de l'été.

"L'une des marques distinctives du conflit de cet été dans la bande de Gaza ont été les nombreux raids visant des immeubles résidentiels, détruits alors même que leurs habitants étaient toujours à l'intérieur", affirme ainsi dans un rapport l'ONG B'Tselem. Et ces destructions ont été "le résultat d'une politique formulée par les responsables gouvernementaux et le haut commandement militaire".

15 Dec 2014

According to the human rights group B’Tselem, Israel’s internal security service, the Shin Bet, used physical force against at least 850 persons per year in the years following the Landau Commission, usually not in the “ticking bomb” scenarios the report had used to justify such methods. These methods include depriving prisoners of sleep, forcing them into “stress positions,” threatening them, subjecting them to extreme temperatures, and blasting them with loud music—all methods that would later become commonplace in CIA interrogations.

7 Dec 2014

Human rights groups have called for an independent inquiry into the army’s conduct of the war that would go beyond investigations of alleged violations of its rules of engagement.
“The main cause of the terrible loss of civilian life in the Gaza Strip was not the result of soldiers disobeying regulations, but a matter of policy,” said Sarit Michaeli, spokeswoman for the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. “The issue is more the orders themselves, rather than whether they were violated.”
A signature tactic of the Israeli campaign was bombing family homes of suspected militants, attacks that caused extensive civilian casualties, according to witnesses and rights groups that investigated the incidents. The army said that the homes were targeted because they were used as command centers for militant activity.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/12/07/249259/israel-opens-8-new-criminal...

6 Dec 2014

Mr. van Esveld of Human Rights Watch said that in two of the seven closed cases, witness accounts collected by his group differed sharply from the military version. More broadly, both he and Sarit Michaeli, a spokeswoman for the Israeli human rights group B’tselem, said focus on specific cases can distract from bigger-picture questions about Israel’s prosecution of a war that killed nearly 2,200 people and destroyed thousands of homes in Gaza.

3 Dec 2014

Yakobovich was inspired to help start the group after working with B’tselem, an Israeli NGO that works to expose human rights abuses in the Occupied Territories.
The group distributed cameras to 100 Palestinian families living in the West Bank, helping to expose Jewish settlers’ beating Palestinians in one instance and also showing an IDF soldier shooting a blindfolded and handcuffed prisoner in the foot.

26 Nov 2014

The Israeli human rights group, B'Tselem, said Mrs Abu Jamal was being banished from her home. "We object to this measure. It's abuse of a minister's authority and a form of collective punishment," spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli told the AFP news agency.
"Residency and social benefits... aren't gifts or favours the authorities bestow and can then take away. They're essential aspects of people's existence," she added.

24 Nov 2014

PRISAT ARBETE Stockholm Human Rights Award går i år till den israeliska människorättsorganisationen B’Tselem. Internationella erkännanden är viktiga för en fredsrörelse som känner sig alltmer trängd av antidemokratiska och nationalistiska krafter i Israel, säger B’Tselems ledare, Hagai El-Ad.

19 Nov 2014

The Shaloudys’ was the first of six houses connected to recent attackers that Israel has officially moved to destroy, according to B’Tselem, an Israeli group that tracks the issue. Human rights groups have long condemned such demolitions as collective punishment banned by international law; the Geneva Conventions say an occupying power can destroy property only when it “is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations.”
“Our position is it’s illegal and it’s also immoral,” said Sarit Michaeli, a spokeswoman for B’Tselem, which counted 675 Palestinian homes demolished for punitive reasons during the second intifada, from 2000 to 2005. “It’s a deliberate policy for harming the innocent. The people responsible for these attacks are either dead or facing trial. It’s obviously political.”

12 Nov 2014

The Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem arranged for the exhumation of Nadeem Nowarah's body 15 days after his burial so that an autopsy could be performed. Sarit Michaeli, from B'Tselem, told CNN that the autopsy revealed the "three fragments of a bullet and an entry and exit wound" were consistent with a live round, rather than rubber-coated bullets that Israeli forces periodically fire at protesters. Talking about the border policeman's arrest, Michaeli said, "(It is) very, very rare."