Updates

Today (6 July 2010), B'Tselem published a new report analyzing the mechanisms Israel uses to gain control of West Bank land for building settlements. The report, which is based on official state information, shows that one-fifth of the settlements' built-up area is private Palestinian land and that the settlements control 42 percent of West Bank land.

July 5

B'Tselem has documented three cases in recent months in which Palestinians suspected of being in Israel without a permit report severe abuse by the Israeli security forces. After B'Tselem submitted a complaint, the Military Police Investigation Unit and the Department for Investigation of Police opened investigations into the incidents.

June 30

On 21 June 2010, the Jerusalem municipal planning committee approved the demolition of 22 houses in the Bustan neighborhood of Silwan, in order to build an archeological garden.

June 28

On the fourth anniversary of the abduction of Gilad Shalit, B'Tselem again emphasizes that Hamas must release him immediately. Pending his release, those holding Shalit must treat him humanely and allow representatives of the International Red Cross to visit him. The taking of hostages is a war crime, and all those involved bear personal criminal liability.

June 24

The Israeli Security Cabinet's decision to relax some of the stringent restrictions on imports is to be welcome. However, it is only a small step toward the resumption of normal trade and traffic that Gaza so desperately needs.

June 21

Riyeh Abu Hajaj (64) and her daughter, Majda Abu Hajaj (37), were killed in Operation Cast Lead after leaving their home on army orders, waving white flags. Following the event, first reported by B'Tselem, the media now report that the soldier who fired is to be summoned to a hearing, prior to an indictment.

June 16

Riyeh Abu Hajaj (64) and her daughter, Majda Abu Hajaj (37), were killed in Operation Cast Lead after leaving their home on army orders, waving white flags. Following the event, first reported by B'Tselem, the media now report that the soldier who fired is to be summoned to a hearing, prior to an indictment.

June 16

B'Tselem strongly condemns the shooting attack today that killed an Israeli police officer and wounded two others. Deliberate attacks against civilians are immoral and illegal. Willful killing of civilians is defined as a "grave breach" of international humanitarian law and is a war crime.

June 14

B'Tselem is today (Monday, 14 June) publishing its annual report on human rights in the Occupied Territories, covering the 16-month period from January 2009 to April 2010. The report surveys the events since the beginning of Operation Cast Lead. One and a half years after the operation, the allegations regarding breaches of international humanitarian law by Israel and Hamas have yet to be properly investigated.

June 14

B'Tselem demands that Israel immediately open an independent, non-military investigation into the circumstances of the military takeover of the ships, during which dozens of activists were killed or injured.

May 31

Since June 2007, when Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip, Israel has imposed a tight blockade on the area. According to Israeli officials, the objective of the siege is to bring down the Hamas government and lead to the release of Gilad Shalit. The siege thus constitutes collective punishment of the civilian population, and as such it is unlawful. The siege has led to the economic collapse of the Gaza Strip; over 70 percent of the population depends on aid from international organizations in order to obtain food.

May 31

On 21 April '10, Israel deported Ahmad Sabah from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip after he completed a 9-year prison sentence. His wife and 9-year-old son did not get to see him. Sabah, who has no family in Gaza, awaits permission to return to his family.

May 30

The army has classified the area along Gaza's border with Israel a no-go zone, where anybody entering may be shot. This policy endangers the many farmers who work land there and harms the livelihood of tens of thousands of persons. It has already resulted in the killing and injury of persons who entered the zone, although they endangered nobody.

May 30

Following Yesh Din and B'Tselem's complaint, an indictment for negligent manslaughter was filed on 25 May ‘10 against the border police officer who shot 10 year old Ahmed Musa in the West Bank village of Ni'lin in July 2008.

May 26

B'Tselem strongly condemns the execution on Tuesday, 18 May, of three Palestinians convicted of serious criminal offences, including murder and rape, by the Hamas government in Gaza. The death penalty is immoral and violates the basic right to life of every human being. B’Tselem holds that under no circumstance must it be imposed.

May 20

Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations issued a joint statement today calling on Israel to stop its illegal policy of deporting Palestinians from the West Bank to Gaza. The policy has escalated, as evident from an order effective April 13, defining anyone present in the West Bank without an Israeli permit as an "infiltrator".

May 13

On 25 April '10, the State Attorney's Office informed the High Court of Justice that the state is considering approval of the Derekh Ha'avot outpost, established in 2001 near the Elazar settlement in the Etzion Bloc. Residents of al-Khader claim that the outpost was established on farmland belonging to them. The state’s position sanctions looting of land and the ongoing and cumulative building violations in this outpost and in all the other settlements.

May 5

The High Court of Justice recently approved part of the Separation Barrier's route in the Jerusalem area. The route will separate Sheikh Sa’ed from its parent village, Jabel Mukaber, where its residents receive many of their services, and will result in grave infringement of the villagers' human rights.

May 5

According to the testimony of Nancy Hamdiya, on 3 March '10, soldiers came at night to her home in al-Yamun, Jenin District and took her outside with her four small children, including a 5-day-old baby, and her husband. The soldiers kept them in the bitter cold for three hours and searched their house, destroying property.

April 29

On 26 Feb. '10, during a joint protest by Palestinians and Israelis in 'Asira al-Qibliya, Nablus District, a settler fired at the demonstrators although they posed no danger to him. Soldiers who were present did nothing to stop the firing or arrest him.

April 29