Updates

Seven Israeli human rights organizations jointly warn that yesterday's Cabinet decision to limit the electricity and fuel supply to the Gaza Strip and to further restrict movement in and out of Gaza will exacerbate the existing humanitarian crisis there.

September 20

The State Attorney's Office has consented to have an independent committee examine the circumstances of a targeted killing. The case involves a 2002 bomb attack on a residential building that killed Salah Shahadeh and fourteen others, 13 of them civilians.

September 18

Qassam rockets are illegal, even when aimed at military objects, because the rockets are so imprecise, and thus endanger civilians situated in the area in which the rockets are fired or where they land, in violation of the principle of distinction, a fundamental pillar of the laws of war.

September 11

During a search for wanted pesons, on 29 August 2007, soldiers destroyed seven housing units, and forced male residents of the neighborhood to undress in front of their families and neighbors.

September 11

High Court justices, in a petition brought by the Council Head of Bil'in, accepted the arguments that the harm to the Bi'lin residents is disproportionate and that the route, which was set to enable a new settlement to be built on Bi'lin village land, was inferior from a security perspective. These contentions were first raised in a report published by B'Tselem and Bimkom in 2005.

September 6

B'Tselem's investigation reveals that the army does not allow Palestinians to travel to the northern Dead Sea area. The reason for the prevention, apparently, is to enable Israelis to use the recreational sites without Palestinians present.

August 15

The village Barta'a a-Sharqiya is isolated from the rest of the West Bank by the Separation Barrier and imprisoned in an enclave. Soldiers at the checkpoint refused to allow an ambulance into the village.

August 9

Dozezs of Palestinians holding senior positions in the Palestinian Authority are being held in detention by Israel. The timing of the arrests raises the suspicion that the action was taken to put pressure on the Palestinian population and its leadership.

August 1

The groups call on Israel, the Palestinian Authority, the European Union, and Egypt , to immediately open Gaza 's borders to passenger traffic, irrespective of their political agenda concerning Hamas.

July 30

Since Hamas took over power in the Gaza Strip, the area has been placed under siege by Israel. Except for exceptional cases, Israel does not permit movement of people or goods between Israel and Gaza. As a result, the economic crisis in the Gaza Strip has grown. In the passing month, 3,190 businesses closed temporarily and 65,800 workers, who support 450,000 dependants, lost their job.

July 24

On 29 June 2007, Radi al-Wahsh was seriously injured in an accident in the village of Za'tara, Bethlehem District. An Israeli ambulance evacuated the victim and was on its way to Hospital in Jerusalem, when policemen at the checkpoint south of the city refused him entry on security grounds. He died at the checkpoint.

July 18

The Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem has sent Prime Minister Ehud Olmert a 15 point plan containing roadblocks and obstructions that must be dismantled immediately, to ease the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank. The list includes obstacles to travel that seem to have no security value, or which cause disproportionate harm to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.

June 27

On the one-year anniversary of the abduction of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, B'Tselem, states that he must be released immediately, since the circumstances of his capture and the behavior of his captors clearly indicate that he is a hostage.

June 25

In March 2007 the police arrested 7 Palestinian construction workers in a building site in Beer Sheva and interrogated them. According to testimonies given to B'Tselem, at least three of the detainees were tortured during their interrogation.

June 21

B'Tselem calls on the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip to investigate war crimes in the recent Hamas-Fatah clashes and bring those responsible to trial. The organization also warns against revenge attacks in the West Bank.

June 18

Eight Israeli human rights organizations sent an urgent message to Israel's Defense Minister demanding that he enable people and goods to move in and out of the Gaza Strip. This must include those seeking asylum in the West Bank, the sick and wounded who require medical care outside of Gaza, and the import into Gaza of essential food and supplies.

June 17

On 12.6.07, Kareem Jubran was filming a police flying checkpoint when a police officer approached him and asked him for identification. Although Jubran complied with his instructions, the officer ordered him into the police van, where he punched him in the stomach with great force.

June 14

Between October 2006 and May 2007, 163 people have been killed in fighting between armed Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip. Fifty-one people died in the month of May alone. B'Tselem calls on the armed groups to respect the rules of international humanitarian law.

June 13

According to Majd Ghanem's testimony, the soldiers ordered him to search his neighbor's house, and later forced him to sit in the road next to their jeep. When Palestinians opened fire at the jeep, the soldiers refused to let him in or allow him to escape the crossfire.

June 5

B'Tselem again sharply condemns the Qassam rockets fired at Israeli communities by Palestinian organizations in the Gaza Strip, which had recently killed two Israeli civilians and injured several more in Sderot. Aiming attacks at civilians, regardless of the circumstances, is a "grave breach," a war crime, under international humanitarian law.

May 27