Residency & family separation

Implications of Israeli-Imposed Seclusion of Gaza Strip on Palestinians’ Right to Family Life
January 2014

The report explores Palestinians’ right to family life in view of Israel’s isolationist policy, which practically prohibits passage between Gaza and the West Bank, thereby severing families and keeping couples from living normally, if one spouse is from Gaza and the other from the West Bank. Tens of thousands face this impossible reality, whereby Israel intrudes on the most intimate aspects of life. Basic features of life–building a family, living with one’s spouse and children and regular contact with the extended family–become a pipedream.

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.

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.

Israel Divides Palestinian Population of West Bank and Gaza Strip
September 2008

Israel is taking unilateral measures to institutionalize and perpetuate a new factual and legal reality of separation between residents of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, while severing the interdependent social, economic and cultural ties between the two groups,1 infringing their rights and impeding the possibility that the Palestinian people will realize their 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.

May 2007

Despite the so-called “disengagement” in August 2005 and the recent internal violence, the Gaza Strip remains subject to Israeli control. This publication surveys the
various spheres of Israeli control in the Gaza Strip, and the implications
of this control. So long as Israel retains extensive control over Gaza, it cannot disengage from its responsibility.

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.

Israel's Freeze on Unification of Palestinian Families in the Occupied Territories
Joint report with Hamoked - Center for the Defence of the Individual
July 2006

The report focuses attention on the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians affected by the freeze on family unification that prevents Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza from living together with their spouses who are foreign residents, in the report Perpetual Limbo.

Freedom of Movement to and from the Gaza Strip on the Eve of the Disengagement Plan
Joint report with Hamoked - Center for the Defence of the Individual
March 2005

For the past four and a half years, Israel has severely restricted freedom of movement to and from the Gaza Strip. These restrictions further strangled the Gaza Strip, so much so that the area resembles one gigantic prison. The report warns against Israel's attempt to avoid its responsibility toward residents of the Gaza Strip following disengagement.

The Isolation of Sheikh Sa'ad Village – Before and After the Separation Barrier
February 2004
Family Unification and Child Registration in East Jerusalem
Joint report with Hamoked - Center for the Defence of the Individual
January 2004
Separation of Palestinian Families in the Occupied Territories
Joint report with Ha'Moked - Center for the Defence of the Individual
July 1999
The Status of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
May 1999
Revocation of Residency and Denial of Social Rights of East Jerusalem Palestinians
Joint report with Hamoked - Center for the Defence of the Individual
September 1998