B'Tselem strongly condemns yesterday's attack in the Tel Aviv promenade, in which many civilians were killed and injured.Attacks aimed at civilians undermine all rules of morality and law. Specifically, the intentional killing of civilians is considered a "grave breach" of international humanitarian law and a war crime. Whatever the circumstances, such acts are unjustifiable.
Despite some improvements, the updated route of the Barrier will continue to cause extensive harm to the human rights of many Palestinians.
Last week it was reported that an IDF committee recommended that the IDF end its use of punitive house demolitions. B'Tselem called on the military to immediately adopt this recommendation.
On Feb. 17, 2005, B'Tselem called on Abbas to commute the death sentences and abolish the death penalty.
On 10 February 2005, Ha'aretz reported that the IDF decided to freeze its plan to dig a trench and demolish houses.
"They had on heavy military shoes and their kicks hurt. I felt the bones in my back breaking. They punched me a few times in the face and I bled from my nose and mouth. It felt as if blood was coming out of my ears because of the pain..."
Since the beginning of the al-Aqsa intifada, the IDF has opened only 90 Military Police investigations into Palestinians killed and injured.
I heard a shot being fired and then two or three more. I saw Salah a-Din fall backwards without making a sound.
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.