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Protecting human rights in 2013 and the year ahead

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Dear Friends,

I would like to thank all of you who have supported B'Tselem this year, and send my best wishes to you and your loved ones for the new year.
We face many obstacles in our efforts to promote human rights, yet I look back with satisfaction at what B'Tselem accomplished in 2013:

  • B’Tselem remains the gold standard for research - Our latest report, Acting the Landlord, provides a comprehensive overview of the most entrenched and long-term human rights violation: Israel's massive investment in Israeli settlements alongside the prevention of Palestinian economic and social development, and the constant threat of demolition of Palestinian homes. This report now serves as the centerpiece of advocacy and public education efforts.
  • Our video project continues to break new ground - B'Tselem's YouTube channel is one of the most popular non-profit channels in Israel, with close to 4 million views. Through our videos and social networking we are exposing new audiences to the human rights messages and mobilizing a community to advocate for change.
  • Our advocacy is having an effect – Some of our key concerns regarding Israeli accountability were adopted by the Turkel Commission, an official Israeli government inquiry, which recommended measures to improve Israel's treatment of suspected violations of the laws of armed conflict.

Our goals for 2014 are ambitious, but I am confident that – with your support – we can make real progress:

  • Halting the demolition of Palestinian homes so long as the planning system in the West Bank does not address Palestinians' needs;
  • Ensuring that every case in which military forces harm civilians is properly investigated, and, where warranted, perpetrators are held accountable;
  • Highlighting the devastating impact of Israel's prohibitions on the movement of people and exports out of Gaza, and particularly working to reunite families separated by Israel's isolation of the Gaza Strip;
  • Strengthening the Israeli public conversation regarding the prolonged occupation and its harmful effects both on Palestinian human rights and on the health of the Israeli democracy.

We do need your help. If you have not already made a year-end donation to B'Tselem, please consider giving generously now.

May 2014 be a year of peace and prosperity for all.

Warmest regards,

Jessica Montell
Executive Director

PS: Please watch our video on how quickly lives can change in the West Bank, and why B'Tselem needs to be there.

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