Detainees & prisoners

B'Tselem 2011 annual report
21 Mar 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.

Violation of the Rights of Palestinian Minors Arrested by Israel on Suspicion of Stone-Throwing
18 Jul 2011

The report reveals for the first time official data on treatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli military court system in the West Bank: 93% of all minors convicted of stone throwing were given jail sentences. The report shows how that the rights of these minors are violated severely throughout the criminal justice process.

The Illegal Behavior of the Police toward Minors in Silwan Suspected of Stone Throwing
1 Dec 2010

The report shows that, over the past year, at least 81 Palestinian minors from Silwan, East Jerusalem, have been arrested or detained for questioning on suspicion of stone throwing. Many were arrested at night, some were questioned without a parent present, and many said the arrest was violent. These methods breach Israel's Youth Law and other laws it applies to East Jerusalem.

Treatment of Palestinian Detainees in the Petach- Tikva Interrogation Facility of the Israel Security Agency
Joint report with Hamoked - Center for the Defence of the Individual
1 Oct 2010

The report exposes routine ill-treatment of Palestinians in interrogations. The findings, based on testimonies of 121 Palestinians, show they were subjected to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, and in some cases, also to torture. The report calls on Israel to cease the illegal practices, punish the offenders, and compensate the victims.

Administrative detention of Palestinians by Israel and the Incarceration of Unlawful Combatants Law
Joint report with Hamoked - Center for the Defence of the Individual
1 Oct 2009

According to the report Israel is holding 335 Palestinians in lengthy administrative detention. Nine Gazans are being held pursuant to the Internment of Unlawful Combatants Law. The organizations call on Israel to release the administrative detainees or prosecute them in accord with due process.

Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
10 Dec 2008

B'Tselem's annual report 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.

Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
1 Dec 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.

The Torture and Ill-Treatment of Palestinian Detainees
Joint report with Hamoked - Center for the Defence of the Individual
1 May 2007

The ISA routinely maltreats Palestinian detainees during interrogations and in some cases even tortures them. This is one of the findings of the report issued today by B'Tselem and HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual.

Violation of the Rights of Palestinians in Israel without a Permit
1 Mar 2007

The report is a unique study on the infringement of the human rights of the tens of thousands of Palestinian workers staying in Israel without a permit.

Violation of the right to visit Palestinians held by Israel
1 Sep 2006

The report details Israel's severe restrictions on family visits with Palestinian prisoners. Israel holds the prisoners inside its territory, in violation of international humanitarian law. Israel's visitation policy violates the right of thousands of families to visit their imprisoned relatives.

Soldiers' Testimonies, Palestinian Testimonies
24 Sep 2002