B'Tselem today urged Interior Minister Ophir Pines-Paz not to change the status of the Modi'in Illit settlement from a local council to a municipality. B'Tselem explained that turning the settlement into a municipality would violate international law, and intensify the violation of the human rights of the Palestinian on whose land the settlement was built.
If enacted, the law will enable Israeli authorities to detain Palestinians for fifty days without allowing them to meet with their attorneys. Write to the chair of the Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, MK Micha'el Eitan, and urge him to remove the bill from the Knesset's agenda.
Five Israeli civilians were killed on 26 Oct. 2005 in a Palestinian suicide bombing at the Hadera marketplace. Attacks aimed at civilians undermine all rules of morality and law. Whatever the circumstances, such acts are unjustifiable.
High Court justices sharply criticize Israel's policy of closing off agricultural land and preventing farmers from accessing their land during most of the year.
This morning, the Israeli High Court of Justice ruled that it is illegal to use Palestinian civilians in military operations. The decision was handed down in response to a petition filed in 2002 by a coalition of human rights organizations.
On 15 September 2005, the High Court ordered the state to change the Barrier route by Alfe Menashe. The justices ruled that the current route disproportionately violates the rights of Palestinians living in an enclave of five villages.
The expansion of settlements in the West Bank was a primary consideration in setting the route of the Separation Barrier. This is the conclusion of a report by B'Tselem and Bimkom, which refutes Israel's contention that the Barrier's route is based solely on security considerations
Daily life of the cave residents in the Southern Hebron Hills in the shadow of settler violence and army abuse.
On 1 Sept. 2005, nine human rights organizations petitioned the Israeli High Court against a new law that denies compensation to Palestinians harmed by Israeli forces.
The revelation that the five Palestinians who were killed in an IDF operation in Tulkarm Refugee Camp were unarmed, based on B'Tselem's field research, strengthens the grave suspicion that execution of Palestinians has become a norm among the security for forces.
Israel’s regime of occupation is inextricably bound up in human rights violations. B’Tselem strives to end the occupation, as that is the only way forward to a future in which human rights, democracy, liberty and equality are ensured to all people, both Palestinian and Israeli, living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.