Updates

On Fri. July 21, scores of Israeli police raided al-Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem to arrest a critically wounded Palestinian. B’Tselem found that armed officers spread out through the wards seeking him, and tried to seize his bed when doctors attempted to get him to the OR. They also hit medical staff and others who tried to protect the man, who succumbed to his wounds during the raid. The police’s actions are unjustifiable, choosing a violent, life-threatening course instead of one that avoids harming medical staff, patients and the basic tenet that medical personnel and facilities are protected entities.

August 10

Ever since the attack nearly three weeks ago in the settlement of Halamish in which a Palestinian from Kobar stabbed four members of one family – killing three and wounding one, the military has been collectively punishing the village. For four days, strict travel restrictions were imposed, troops raided homes, arrested residents and seriously beat one man. This morning (9 Aug.) the military surrounded Kobar, closed off two entrances, made arrests and raided homes, leading to clashes with residents. Collective punishment following attacks has become standard policy, with the military cynically abusing its power to mistreat civilians. It is a measure that is morally and legally indefensible.

One of the gaps the young men made in a roadblocks to Kobar. Photo by Iyad Hadad, B’Tselem 6 August 2017
August 10

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August 2

On 13 June 2017, Border Police knocked on a door in Silwan, East Jerusalem. When no one answered, they demanded the brother, who lives next door, provide them with keys. An argument ensued; Border Police then assaulted the man and his son, broke the man’s arm, and arrested both father and son. This is another staggering example of how unbearably easy it is for police to abuse East Jerusalem residents: arresting a father and young son, keeping the man for several hours and the son overnight, finally releasing him to a five-day house arrest on a NIS 1,000 bail – all without cause in the first place.

S.H. with his arm in the cast put on at Hadassah Mt. Scopus Hospital, Jerusalem, 13 June 2017. Photo courtesy of the family.
August 1

On 10 March 2017 Palestinians and Israeli security forces clashed in Silwad. A Border Police officer fired a sponge round, injuring D.T., 17. The officer then hit him in the head with a gun. D.T., who lost consciousness, was taken to Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, where he underwent surgery for a cranial fracture and subdural hematoma. During his 12 days in Hadassah Hospital, his parents were not allowed to approach him, and he was kept in restraints. While shocking, this case is not at all unusual, nor is the fact that no one will be held accountable, guaranteeing these injustices will continue as long as the occupation does.

D.T. after being discharged from hospital. Photo by Iyad Hadad, B’Tselem, 29 March 2017
July 30

During recent events, Israel has repeatedly demonstrated sweeping disregard for the lives and security of Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, and for their right to maintain a normal routine. The Israel Police treated Palestinian residents as if they were enemy soldiers, rather than as a civilian population for whose wellbeing and security it is responsible. This conduct is part of the way Israel controls East Jerusalem. Nothing but comprehensive and substantive change to this regime of control, and to the reality in Jerusalem, will ensure the human rights of all the people living in the city.

Teargas fired at worshippers immediately following prayers at Wadi al-Joz, East Jerusalem, last Friday. Photo by Faiz Abu Rmeleh, Activestills
July 24

“I used to use candles for lighting … but I stopped because of something that happened about five years ago. My children, who got up at 5:00 A.M. to go to school, lit a candle and set it down on the TV... They forgot the candle and left… I woke up in a panic from the smell of smoke. The candle had fallen over and the TV caught fire. The whole house was full of black smoke. I started screaming and woke my husband. He put out the fire. ... Now we use battery-operated LED lights … but the power isn’t on long enough to charge the battery, and the lighting in the house is dim because the battery is nearly drained.”

The disused fan in the Abu Hashish home. Photo by Khaled al-‘Azayzeh, B’Tselem, 13 July 2017
July 24

B’Tselem expresses its shock over Friday (21 July 2017) evening's attack in which Yosef Salomon, 71, his daughter, Chaya Salomon, 46, and his son, Elad Salomon, 35, were stabbed to death in their home in the settlement of Halamish by a Palestinian from the village of Kobar. Tova Salomon, 68, wife of Yosef and mother of Chaya and Elad, sustained moderate to severe injuries and was taken to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem. B’Tselem conveys its condolences to the family and wishes Tova Solomon a speedy recovery. Attacks against civilians undermine every moral, legal and human standard. B'Tselem strongly condemns any and all deliberate attacks on civilians and reiterates its call to politicians and leaders to act responsibly and refrain from stirring up violence.

Mourners by the graves of the three members of the Solomon family. Photo by Ronen Zevulun, Reuters, 24 July 2017
July 22

Since the 1990s, Israel has implemented a segregation policy in central Hebron, prohibiting Palestinians from driving along – and in some cases even walking on – major streets in the area. In May 2017, these severe restrictions were stepped up. This collective punishment has taken a toll on tens of thousands of Palestinians, preventing them from leading normal lives and making daily routine unbearable. In applying these measures, Israel is effecting a gradual, silent transfer of Palestinians from the heart of Hebron.

Still from video.
July 20

“My washing machine broke down about two months ago, because of the irregular power supply. Before that, when we got power at regular hours, I’d set an alarm clock to get up and run a load when the power came back on at night. I’d also knead dough and bake a few dozen pita breads in an electric pita-bread pot for us and for my husband’s family. My hands ache, but we can’t afford to buy ready-made bread. When the power shut down, I’d move on to housework that doesn’t require electricity.” Click here to read the full account.

Four of Khulud Jaber’s children at home, Nuseirat Refugee Camp. Photo by Khaled al-‘Azayzeh, B’Tselem, 7 July 2017
July 19

On Jul. 19, military and Civil Administration forces confiscated two water tanks in Kh. Tall al-Himma in the northern Jordan Valley, along with a pump from a spring used as the community’s main source of water. Solar panels were confiscated there on Jul. 5. The forces then cut a pipe used to bring water from a natural spring to a reservoir in the community of Kh. Um al-Jmal, used for livestock and irrigation. The cruel treatment of these communities, which Israel refuses to connect to the water system, is particularly brazen in the current scorching heat of the Jordan Valley.

The confiscation in h. Tall al-Himma today. Photo: 'Aref Daraghmeh, B'Tselem.
July 19

The Palestinian village of Jub a-Dib near Bethlehem has existed since 1929, yet Israel refuses to hook it up to the power grid. In late 2016, thanks to international aid, 96 solar panels were installed providing the 160 residents with regular electricity for the first time. Israel confiscated the panels on 28 June 2017. This is another example of Israel’s systematic abuse of Area C Palestinians, denying them basic services and confiscating or destroying alternatives provided by aid organizations.

The village of Jub a-Dib and the solar panels installed by Comet-ME, before they were confiscated. Photo by Guy Butavia, Ta'ayush, 9 March 2017
July 17

In two incidents in May 2017, Israeli security forces fired tear gas at civilians and homes in the West Bank, injuring a toddler and a child. This is the direct result of sending security forces into Palestinian villages with no justification. “Non-lethal crowd control measures” put babies, children, the elderly and patients at risk. When used permissively and indiscriminately, with no need and disregarding the danger involved, they may cause severe and completely unjustifiable injuries.

Footage of the evacuation of ‘Abd a-Rahman al-Majid, filmed by Falastin TV.
July 16

Hamas is reportedly holding at least two Israeli citizens - Avera Mengistu and Hashem a-Sayed -in Gaza as bargaining chips for the release of Hamas prisoners. A third Israeli crossed into Gaza 18 months ago and might also be held by Hamas. Holding people by force to be used as bargaining chips is immoral and unlawful. Hamas must immediately and unconditionally release the Israeli civilians it is holdings. Pending such release, it must treat them humanely and allow the ICRC to visit them.

Protest for Avraham Mengistu Israel, 17 Aug. 2015. Photo by Yotam Ronen, Activestills
July 10

Today, Wednesday 5 July 2017, Civil Administration officials and the military came to the Palestinian community of Khirbet Tall al-Himma (Khallet Hamad) in the northern Jordan Valley, south of the community of ‘Ein al-Beida. They confiscated two solar panels used by five families, numbering 25 people, including 15 minors. The panels had been donated by a humanitarian aid organization in March 2017, after Israeli authorities confiscated the pre-fab one of the families had been living in.

CA confiscates solar panels from Tall al-Himma, 5 July 2017. Photo: 'Aref Daraghmeh, B'Tselem
July 5

Tamer Tamimi, 23, was detained at two checkpoints near Ramallah on 4 June, abused and beaten to the point of hospitalization. The arbitrary fashion in which soldiers can detain Palestinians at checkpoints for no apparent reason, demand they obey their orders, humiliate them and use violence against them is part of daily life for Palestinians in the West Bank. B’Tselem has documented many similar incidents which could not have happened without the soldiers’ knowing they would be backed by the senior government and military officials, including the MAG Corps, and that they will not be held accountable for their actions.

Soldiers detaining Tamer Tamimi and forcing him to kneel on the ground at ‘Atarah checkpoint
July 5

Iman Hassan, a mother of six who lives in al-Bureij Refugee Camp, shares her story: “We’ve been suffering from the power cuts for over a decade, but things have become unbearable the past few months. We have power cuts for more than 12 hours a day. Our life, our sleep, everything is shaped by whether or not there’s power. Our roof is made of metal, so it’s hot as hell inside in the summer, but we can’t use the fan because there’s no electricity. The kids and I have to keep taking cold showers, otherwise it’s too hot to fall asleep. My baby boy, Ibrahim, sometimes gets a rash because it’s so hot. He cries at night and can’t fall asleep.”

Three of Iman Hassan Hamdan’s children. Photo by Khaled al-‘Azayzeh, B’Tselem 17 June 2017
July 4

On 16 June 2017, three Palestinians from Deir Abu Mash’al killed Israeli Border Police officer Hadas Malka and wounded four other people in East Jerusalem. They were immediately killed by Israeli security forces. Since then, the military has disrupted the daily lives of all 5,000 residents of the village, although they have been accused of no wrongdoing. This form of automatic retaliation has become a policy in which the military cynically abuses its power to mistreat civilians. This collective harm is morally and legally indefensible.

Soldiers stand beside the gate installed by the military at the main entrance to the village. Photo by 'Amer 'Aruri, B'Tselem, 19 June '17
June 29

On 6 Apr. 2017 a Silwad resident ran over and killed one soldier and injured another. He was arrested at the scene. For the next two months, Israeli security forces collectively punished the town: blocking roads, raiding homes at night, confiscating money and cars, and revoking Israeli work permits. The military disrupted the lives of more than 10,000 people who did nothing wrong and were suspected of no wrongdoing. This disruption of daily life is morally and legally indefensible, and is entirely based on a policy of violence that cynically exploits the military’s authority in order to abuse and intimidate a civilian population.

Gate installed by the military at the main entrance to Silwad. Photo by Iyad Hadad, B’Tselem, 23 May 2017
June 25

On 15 May 2017, Israeli navy soldiers shot and killed Muhammad Baker, 25, from a-Shati Refugee Camp in Gaza. B'Tselem’s investigation found the soldiers opened fire when Muhammad’s boat was 3 nautical miles off the coast within the zone in which the military permits Gazans to fish. As long as this routine continues, innocent fishermen will continue to risk arrest, injury or death to make a living. No one in Israel will be held accountable for the attacks and the usual whitewashing formalities will be applied.

Muhammad Baker, 25. photo courtesy of the family
June 22