Separation Barrier

The Long Term Impact of Israel's Separation Barrier in the West Bank
October 2012

A decade after construction began on the Separation Barrier, the harm to adjacent Palestinian communities is clear. With some two-thirds of the barrier completed, it has crippled agriculture along its route. By isolating communities from each other and from their land, the barrier has eroded their ability to survive and prevents any sustainable development. This reality violates the state's commitment to the High Court that the barrier would not seriously harm these communities.

B'Tselem 2011 annual report
March 2012

The report surveys the broad spectrum of issues regarding the Israeli authorities' human rights record in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the past year, the 44th year of the Israeli occupation. An interactive version of the report is available online and distributed through social media. The report documents a sharp increase in the number of uninvolved Palestinians killed by the Israeli security forces in the Gaza Strip in 2011. There was also an increase in the number of Israeli civilians killed by Palestinians, compared to 2010.

July 2010

The Separation Barrier causes severe violations of human rights, and gave rise to popular Palestinian resistance. In a new position paper, B'Tselem examines the army's increased efforts to quell these demonstrations, in light of the right to demonstrate.

Israeli Settlement Policy in the West Bank
July 2010

A 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.

1 January 2009 to 30 April 2010
June 2010

B'Tselem's 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.

The Establishment and Expansion Plans of Ma'ale Adummim and their Human Rights Ramifications
Joint report with Bimkom - Planners for Planning Rights
December 2009

The report reveals that as far back as the 1970s, Israel planned to annex Ma’ale Adummim. To do this, it expropriated over the years tens of thousands of dunams of Palestinian land and expelled hundreds of Beduin who were living there. Implementation of plans to expand the settlement will destroy north-south territorial contiguity in the West Bank and impede realization of the Palestinians’ right to self-determination.

Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
December 2007

According to the report, the number of Israelis and Palestinians killed in clashes in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip dropped. However, there has been deterioration in many other measures of the human rights situation in the Occupied Territories.

Denial of Palestinians' Freedom of Movement in the West Bank
July 2007

Since the beginning of the second intifada, in September 2000, Israel has imposed restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank that are unprecedented in scope and time. As a result, the fundamental right of West Bank Palestinians to freedom of movement, their exercise of which was limited in any event, has become a privilege that Israel extends to them as it deems fit. Indeed, Palestinian travel in the West Bank is now an exception, which must be justified to the Israeli authorities, and almost every trip entails uncertainty, friction with soldiers, much waiting, and often great expense.

Obstacles to Human Rights in the Holy City
July 2006

A brochure on Obstacles to Human Rights in the Holy City published as part of a campaign that included tours and briefings.

Routing the Separation Barrier to Enable the Expansion of Israeli Settlements in the West Bank
Joint report with Bimkom - Planners for Planning Rights
December 2005

The report deals with the route of the separation barrier showing that the route was based on considerations relating to settlement expansion and control of land, and not on security reasons, as the government has continuously claimed.

Preventing Palestinians Access to their Lands West of the Separation Barrier in the Tulkarm-Qalqiliya Area
June 2004
The Isolation of Sheikh Sa'ad Village – Before and After the Separation Barrier
February 2004
Background and Monitoring Recommendations for Provisions Concerning Human Rights
June 2003
Human Rights Violations As a Result of Israel's Separation Barrier
April 2003