Updates

Following a letter from B'Tselem, the Military Police has opened an investigation into an incident that took place on 14 March, in which an army officer fired a rubber-coated steel bullet at a demonstrator in the village of Bil'in, wounding him.

May 13

Samira a-Daghmeh, 13, told B'Tselem that soldiers blew up the door to the family's home in the Gaza Strip while her mother and siblings were inside, killing her mother. Soldiers stayed in the home for several hours without evacuating her to a hospital, and then exited the house, leaving her body with her children.

May 13

B'Tselem severely condemns the Palestinian mortar fire on Kibutz Kfar 'Aza, in the south of Israel, which yesterday (9 May 08) killed an Israeli civilian and wounded others. Attacks aimed at civilians are immoral, inhuman, and illegal.

May 10

B'Tselem repeated its call to the Israeli army's Judge Advocate General to open a Military Police investigation into the death of five members of the Abu Me'tiq family in Beit Hanun on 28 April.

May 9

B'Tselem's investigation indicates that an Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at armed Palestinians, the second of which landed about one meter from the gate of the Abu Me'tiq family's house.

April 30

The Jerusalem District Court has sentenced a border policeman to 6½ years' imprisonment for killing 'Imran Abu Hamdiyeh in 2002. The policeman, along with three others, threw Abu Hamdiyeh from a speeding jeep after they had abducted, beaten, and abused him. The affair was exposed by B'Tselem and al-Haq.

April 29

Despite its claims of removing physical obstructions to "ease" movement, Israel continues to impose sweeping restrictions on Palestinian movement in the West Bank.

April 28

B'Tselem severely condemns the Palestinian terror attack that took place in the Nitzanei Shalom industrial zone. Attacks aimed at civilians are immoral, inhuman, and illegal.

April 27

Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana'a was killed by a Flechette shell. B'Tselem demands that the Israeli Army's Judge Advocate General order the immediate cessation of the use of this prohibited weapon in the Gaza Strip, and open a criminal investigation of the event.

April 17

Five Human Rights organizations filed a petition to the High Court of Justice demanding the Court prohibit the use of family members by the GSS to pressure interrogees

April 16

B'Tselem severely condemns the Palestinian terror attack that took place in a fuel depot at Nahal Oz, on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Attacks aimed at civilians are immoral, inhuman, and illegal.

April 10

A year ago, B'Tselem launched its Camera Distribution Project, a video advocacy project focusing on the Occupied Territories. We give out video cameras to Palestinians who live in high-conflict areas, so that they can document violations of their human rights and seek redress. Sample footage is now available on the website.

April 9

The Civil Administration delivered orders to demolish two houses in Far'un that were built several years before the Separation Barrier. In 2007, Israel demolished seven houses in the village, which has been harmed by the barrier in any event.

April 6

Authorities must investigate the killing of four Palestinians defined by Israel as "wanted persons", on 12 March 2008. B'Tselem's investigation raises the suspicion that security forces executed the four in flagrant violation of a High Court ruling, which prohibits intentionally killing Palestinians taking part in hostilities when they can be arrested.

March 27

On 11 March 2008, the Department for Investigation of Police arrested two policemen from the Ma'ale Adumim police station. The two are suspected of severely abusing a Palestinian from al-'Eizariya, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem. The arrest followed a complaint made by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel.

March 23

Since the new settlement was established in the A-Ras neighborhood, attacks on Palestinian residents and violation of their rights have increased. Families have had to put up protective fences to prevent settlers from invading and attacking their homes.

March 19

B'Tselem wrote to the Attorney General demanding that he prevent the planned demolition. The declared objective of this policy is to harm innocent persons - relatives of suspected perpetrators of attacks, who are not themselves accused of any crime.

March 14

Route 443 serves Israeli commuters traveling between the two largest cities in Israel - Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The road runs through the West Bank, but Palestinians are strictly prohibited from using it.

March 9

B'Tselem severely condemns the Palestinian terror attack that took place in a yeshiva (religious school) in Jerusalem, in which 8 Israeli civilians, including 4 minors were killed and many other persons were injured. Attacks aimed at civilians are immoral, inhuman, and illegal.

March 7

According to B'Tselem figures, from 27 February to the afternoon of 3 March, 106 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip. Contrary to the Chief of Staff's contention that ninety percent were armed, at least fifty-four of the dead (twenty-five of them minors) did not take part in the hostilities. In addition, at least forty-six minors were wounded.

March 3