Updates

Israel continues to obstruct independent investigations into allegations of laws of war violations by the Israel and Hamas by preventing Human Rights Watch and B'Tselem researchers from entering Gaza.

February 22

Pensioner 'Izzat Kasab told B'Tselem that on 7 Jan. soldiers took over his home, beat family members and arrested him along with three sons. Kasab, who has a heart condition, said he was held for over a week under harsh conditions, without his medication.

February 19

On 12 Jan. '09, Border policemen came to the a-Ragabi family's house in Silwan. According to a testimony given to B'Tselem, they broke the door to the house and attacked two members of the family.

February 16

On 4 Jan. '09, the entire al-Kafarneh family was injured when their house was shelled, in Beit Hanun. 3-year-old Wiam died of shrapnel wounds the next day. After the family left the house, the army demolished it.

February 15

On 17 January 2009, Majed al-Hajahjeh went to the main road next to Tuqu', Bethlehem District, to go by taxi to meet with shopkeepers in Beit Fajer. According to his testimony, an army jeep passing along the road stopped and soldiers got out and beat him severely with clubs, leaving him lying, injured and bleeding, on the road.

February 11

B'Tselem issued a position paper detailing the guidelines of the necessary Israeli investigation of its conduct during the operation in Gaza. B'Tselem's initial survey of the military operation calls into question Israeli statements that the military acted according to International Humanitarian Law and that responsibility for the harm to the civilian population rests exclusively with Hamas.

February 8

B'Tselem's annual report, published today (5 Feb.), surveys a wide range of Israeli human rights violations in the OPT in 2008, until Operation Cast Lead. As house demolition and lack of law enforcement on violent settlers continued, Israel largely refrained from holding members of the security forces accountable for their actions.

February 5

On 10 January 2009, settlers attacked Tareq Sawan and his father, residents of Immatin, Qalqiliya District, while they were working their land. Soldiers who came to the scene detained Tareq, and not his assailants.

February 4

25 members of the a-Shteiwi family, 12 of them children, were besieged in their home with shelling going on outside for over a week. When they were evacuated, the army demolished the house.

February 2

On 11 Jan. '09 two border policemen drove up to a carpentry shop in Tsur Hadassah while Muhammad Hamamrah and Maher Mahmoud, residents of Husan, Bethlehem District, were unloading wood from the vehicle of the shop's owner. They beat the two Palestinians and then took them to a checkpoint, where soldiers detained them for hours in the cold, without giving them shelter.

February 2

On 12 Jan. '09, soldiers called residents of the Khuza'a neighborhood, in the Gaza Strip, to leave their homes. When Rawhiya a-Najar stepped out of her house waving a white flag, soldiers shot her and then a young woman who tried to help her. A-Najar remained on the ground and bled to death.

February 1

On 28 Jan. seven Israeli human rights organizations appealed to the Military Judge Advocate General and to the Attorney General concerning the appalling conditions in which Palestinians arrested during the fighting in Gaza were held, and the humiliating and inhuman treatment to which they were subjected.

January 28

On 20 Jan., Mahmoud 'Awwad reached Huwara checkpoint on his way to work and saw soldiers beating his brother. Testimonies indicate that when he addressed the soldiers, a soldier hit him on the head with a rifle butt. 'Awwad collapsed, his head bleeding. He has undergone surgery for his fractured skull and according to doctors, may have suffered brain damage.

January 28

According to several media reports, since the start of the Israeli attack in Gaza, Hamas has executed an unknown number of residents of Gaza that it considered to be collaborators with Israel. These acts are grave breaches of international law.

January 26

On 4 January, policemen in Jaffa stopped a car of young men from East Jerusalem who were out on the town. According to Khaled Jaradat, police searched them in a degrading manner and assaulted him and his friend, both on the street and later at the police station.

January 22

Yesterday, 19 Jan. '09, the Israeli army sealed the family's home of the perpetrator of the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva terror attack, after the High Court rejected the famil's petition. Sealing homes is collective punishment of innocents who have not been charged with any offense, and is therefore prohibited under international law.

January 20

During the fighting in Gaza Israeli human rights groups worked together to inform the Israeli public of the impact on civilians. Upon the declaration of the cease-fire, we have stopped the daily updates. The organizations will continue to use the Blog to provide information on the war and its consequences.

January 20

According to testimonies given to B'Tselem, on 3 January, soldiers called to 'Atiya a-Samuni to come out of his house, in a-Zeitun, Gaza City. When he approached the door, soldiers opened fire, killing him. The soldiers continued firing, wounding a number of relatives, among them an infant who died from his wounds.

January 19

Gaza: Yesterday 95 bodies were dug up from the ruins. As of today, at least 1,300 killed, of them at least 410 children and 104 women. Over 5,320 injured, of them over 350 severely injured (Palestinian Ministry of Health figures). Israel: 3 civilians and 10 soldiers killed. Over 84 civilians injured, of them 4 severely injured, not including those treated for shock, and 113 soldiers injured, of them one in critical condition and 20 Moderately or severely injured.

January 19

On 11 January, tanks shelled the Hamuda family home in Gaza City, killing a toddler and wounding his mother and brother. The father's testimony indicates that during the long wait for the shelling to stop and rescue teams to arrive, the brother died of his wounds.

January 18