Accountability

Turkel Commission Report on Israel's Mechanisms for Investigating Complaints of Violations of International Humanitarian Law
11 Aug 2013

Six months after the Turkel Commission’s issued its report on Israel’s investigative policy of alleged violations of laws of war, B’Tselem published a position paper on the report. While the commission held that Israel fulfills its obligation to investigate, it noted: “in several of the areas examined, there are grounds for amending examination and investigation mechanisms and in several areas, there are grounds for changing the accepted policy”. The commission’s recommendations are far-reaching. Nonetheless, B’Tselem emphasizes that greater systemic change is needed to bring Israel’s military investigative policy up to par.

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.

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.

Israel Military Policy not to investigate Killings of Palestinians by Soldiers
1 Sep 2010

According to the report the Israeli army's policy not to investigate the killing of Palestinian civilians exempts soldiers from accountability, even when criminal offenses are suspected. Even in the few cases in which investigations are opened, routine procrastination by the Judge Advocate Generals' Office leads to closing of the files.

1 Feb 2009

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.

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.

The Fatal Shooting of Palestinians by Israeli Security Forces during “Arrest Operations”
1 May 2005

The report raises the strong suspicion that during the past year the military engaged in assassinations in the guise of arrest operations.

The Delay, Abuse and Humiliation of Medical Personnel by Israeli Security Forces
Joint report with Physicians for Human Rights - Israel
1 Dec 2003
Background and Monitoring Recommendations for Provisions Concerning Human Rights
3 Jun 2003
Office of the Military Advocate General's Investigation into the Death of Khalil al-Mughrabi, age 11, on July 7, 2001
1 Nov 2001
Human Rights Violations by Israel and the Palestinian National Authority Following the Murders in Wadi Qelt
Joint report with Law - Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment
1 Jul 1999
Administrative Detention in the Occupied Territories Since the Beginning of the Intifada
1 Oct 1992