On 2 Aug. '09, police evacuated 46 Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarah. Settlers immediately moved in to the houses. The evacuees are descendants of 1948 refugees who were settled in the neighborhood by the Jordanian government and UNRWA
Route 3265, a major traffic artery southwest of Hebron, has been closed to all Palestinians since 2001, when Palestinians shot and killed a settler driving on it. In a video, the Jadallah family relates how this collective punishment has severely harmed their lives.
Ten Israeli human rights and social change organizations have written to the prime minister protesting the government's attack on "Breaking the Silence", which escalated with the government's attempt to thwart funding for the group.
Following the harsh comments made by Infrastructures Minister Uzi Landau in the Knesset in a debate regarding B'Tselem's report on wastewater from settlements, B'Tselem called on the minister to set politics aside and treat the problem at hand.
'Arab a-Ramadin al-Janubi is isolated in a Separation Barrier enclave that annexes a nearby settlement to Israel. Residents claim they have again been informed that they must relocate, although such a move contradicts Israel's explicit undertaking before the High Court.
On 12 June '09, Malak Abu Gharbiya, a resident of East Jerusalem, went to the beach with his friends. After he helped break up a fight there, police officers severely beat him and arrested him. Abu Gharbiya was released on bond 8 days later, still bearing marked signs of the abuse
While the military has attacked the credibility of soldiers' testimonies regarding Operation Cast Lead, it has failed to open a single serious investigation into events detailed by Palestinian witnesses to B'Tselem.
In recent months, security forces have used 0.22-caliber bullets to disperse demonstrators, killing two unarmed Palestinians. Yet in a reply to B'Tselem, the JAG stated that this ammunition is not intended for dispersing demonstrators.
In July '08, a soldier shot a handcuffed detainee in the presence of his commander, yet the two were charged only with "unbecoming conduct". Today, the Israeli High Court of Justice ruled in favor of changing the indictments to reflect the gravity of the offense.
Haitham 'Amru, a nurse and member of Hamas was arrested by the Palestinian GIS in the West Bank and died in Hebron several days later. Signs of severe injury were found on the body. The PA must investigate 'Amru's death and prosecute the perpetrators.
In its new report B'Tselem warns about the danger inherent in neglecting wastewater treatment in the West Bank. The report criticizes both Israel and the Palestinian Authority for their failures, which have harmed the health and future water supply of all residents of Israel and the West Bank.
B'Tselem repeats its demand that Hamas release Gilad Shalit immediately. The circumstances of Shalit's capture three years ago and the behavior of his captors clearly indicate that he is legally a hostage. Hostage taking is absolutely prohibited under international humanitarian law, and is defined as a grave breach of the Geneva Convention.
On 22 June 2009 B'Tselem won a prestigious British prize for its groundbreaking work in the field of citizen journalism. The One World Media award was given to the organization for its camera distribution project.
B'Tselem reiterates its demand to prohibit use of 0.22 bullets to disperse demonstrators. Despite the prohibition on using this lethal weapon since 2001, two persons have been killed by it recently, one of them a 14-year-old boy.
Prominent Israeli human rights organizations have called upon the EU to link the upgrade of its relations with Israel to respect for human rights and the rule of law, in light of the 9th EU-Israel Association Council meeting held this week.
On 28 May '09, several Palestinian youths went to the Dead Sea for a night out. According to testimonies given by three of them, after they parked near the 'Ein Gedi checkpoint, soldiers there severely abused two of them. On 17 June, two soldiers were reportedly arrested on suspicion of beating the youths and are still in custody.
In December '08, settler Ze'ev Braude was filmed shooting and wounding three Palestinians in Hebron. On 8 June '09, it was reported that, following a Supreme Court order that the state reveal privileged evidence in the case, the indictment against Braude is to be withdrawn.
On 8 June '08, four settlers clubbed Palestinian shepherds near Susiya. A relative of the victims documented the attack with a B'Tselem camera. Recently, the Hebron police closed the investigation on grounds of "offender unknown".