B'Tselem in the media

29 Jan 2014

Twenty-seven Palestinians were killed in 2013, according to the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, three times as many as in 2012. In the same period, the group said nine Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were killed by Israeli forces, while Palestinians killed three Israeli civilians and three Israeli security forces personnel in Israel and the West Bank.

21 Jan 2014

This land is in an Israeli military zone and the herders have been struggling with Israeli authorities off and on for a decade. In December, an Israeli court rejected their petition to stay. Naheda Bne Mennehsays the women and children live in town part of the year, but this is home, because of the sheep. "Our life is around the sheep; we have no other income source," she says. "This is our way of living." Early the next morning, Israeli soldiers bulldozed the tents into tangled piles. Guy Inbar, spokesman for the Israeli administration in the West Bank, says the homes were put up without permits.

20 Jan 2014

Last month, Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem revealed in its annual report that 27 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli military in the West Bank in 2013, more than triple the number killed in the previous year.
The study found that, for the first time in 10 years, more Palestinians were killed in the West Bank than in the Gaza Strip.
The group reported 21 fatal incidents in the West Bank during 2013, versus seven altercations in Gaza that left nine Palestinians dead.

20 Jan 2014

Israel is violating the rights of Palestinian families split between the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Israel proper by placing bureaucratic obstacles that make it almost impossible to maintain "a reasonable family life," a new report authored by two prominent rights groups alleged on Monday.

The study, which was jointly released by B'Tselem and HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual, says that Palestinians in the West Bank are only permitted to travel to Gaza to see their loved ones if they commit to remaining in the Strip or in special "humanitarian" cases.

14 Jan 2014

Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank are being accused of complicity in an attack by settlers on a Palestinian village. In a video posted online, soldiers appear to stand idly by while masked settlers throw stones at the homes below.

According to B’Tselem – an Israeli human rights movement that posted the video – the incident took place on January 6 in the village of Urif near Nablus, and lasted about 50 minutes. The video shows masked settlers throwing stones at Palestinian homes, before they walk up a hill past a group of parked Israeli army jeeps. They appear to be accompanied by Israeli soldiers, who make no effort to intervene.

8 Jan 2014

The official commitment of Israeli’s military, which administers justice in the occupied territories, to preventing attacks on Palestinians by settlers was undercut somewhat by a series of videos published on Wednesday by the Israeli rights group B’Tselem. The video recordings, apparently made on Monday in the West Bank by a resident of a Palestinian village near the settlement of Yitzhar, seemed to show masked Israeli settlers hurling rocks at a Palestinian school as uniformed soldiers stood next to them and made no move to stop them.
According to the rights group: “The filmed record indicates that the military, which is required to defend Palestinians in the West Bank, in actual fact served as a security entourage for violent settlers. During the incident, the military backed the settlers in their assault on Palestinians and their property.” The soldiers, B’Tselem said, did not intervene until “students at the school threw stones back at the settlers and the soldiers fired tear gas at the students.”

30 Dec 2013

Female human rights defenders: Sari Bashi, Dalia Dromi and Jessica Montell

The Israeli human rights world, or at least a number of its leading NGOs, is currently going through quite a shake-up as three executive directors announced their plans to step down this year. These three women head some of the most high-profile organizations that positively affect and improve the lives of those under occupation as well as the way this conflict is covered in the media.

27 Dec 2013

B'Tselem welcomed the new unit. "More documentation is a very positive thing," said a B'Tselem spokeswoman, Sarit Michaeli. "There are a lot of arguments about the facts of various incidents. The problem is that the army doesn't release this footage and when it does, it releases very heavily edited sequences."

25 Dec 2013

L'organisation israélienne de défense des droits de l'homme B'Tselem a pour sa part mis en cause les tirs d'obus de char qui ont tué mardi après-midi une enfant de 3 ans, Hala Abou Sabikha, et blessé plusieurs membres de sa famille. « Leur maison est située dans une zone agricole du camp de réfugiés de Maghazai, à environ 500 mètres de la barrière frontalière », précise B'Tselem, qui s'interroge sur la raison pour laquelle elle a été visée.

« Le communiqué du porte-parole de l'armée israélienne n'énonce pas la cible de la frappe, en dehors d'une référence laconique à l'attaque dans le centre de la bande de Gaza comme visant 'le foyer d'une activité terroriste et d'une infrastructure terroriste' », souligne l'ONG, qui demande à l'armée d'ouvrir une enquête.

« Tirer délibérément sur une maison occupée par des civils, sans avoir averti les habitants et sans que l'armée s'assure que les civils ont quitté les lieux, est illicite », souligne B'Tselem.

9 Dec 2013

B’Tselem said in response that the decision showed the military’s indifference to the lives of Palestinians and warned that it was only a matter of time before another unarmed Palestinian was killed.