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28 February 2006

Testimony: Israeli soldiers beat Palestinan youths at a checkpoint, February 2006

On the night of 9 February 2005, 'Alaa al-Ma'iwi and 'Alaa Hilkawi were driving home. At the al-Fawar checkpoint, soldiers claimed that the two had weapons and demanded that they hand them over. The soldiers beat them severely and threatened them.

28 February 2006

Suspicion that Israel has classified areas near Gaza perimeter fence as "killing zones"

Since the disengagement from the Gaza Strip was completed, in September 2005, IDF soldiers have killed nine unarmed Palestinian civilians who were in the area of the Gaza perimeter fence. Five minors, including an eight-year old child, were among the nine persons killed.

21 February 2006

Report by B'Tselem and Bimkom: Under the Guise of Security

At a press conference on 21 Feb.2006, B'Tselem and Bimkom are discussing a new report dealing with the route of the separation barrier. The report shows that the route was based on considerations relating to settlement expansion and control of land, and not on security reasons, as the government has continuously claimed.

20 February 2006

New video - Lethal Ambiguity

A new video by B'Tselem features Israeli combat soldiers talking about the IDF's rules of engagement for using lethal force. The video shows that the orders given to soldiers are vague, and generate a culture of excessive force and little accountability for the many civilian deaths that result.

13 February 2006

Israel has effectively annexed the Jordan Valley

Israel imposes severe restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the Jordan Valley, which in effect annexes it to Israel. B'Tselem field reserach indicates that, as a rule, the army forbids the entry of Palestinians to the Jordan Valley , and only allows entry of those Palestinians listed as residents of this area.

7 February 2006

Testimony: IDF soldiers beat 17-year-old at a surprise checkpoint, January 2006

Jihad Harzala, 17, was on his way to visit his big brother when soldiers ordered him to get out of the taxi, beat him severely, and used their cellular phone to document the beating. B'Tselem wrote to the Central Command's legal advisor and demanded that the incident be investigated.

2 February 2006

B'Tselem: Investigate Excessive Force in 'Amona Demolitions

B'Tselem wrote to Israel 's Attorney Generalasking him to order an investigation into the excessive force used by the Israel Police during the dismantling of the permanent houses in the Amona settlement.

30 January 2006

Video testimony: They separated me from my land

The farmland of 'Abd a-Latif 'Odeh, of D'aba Village, lies adjacent to his home. The separation barrier was built between his home and his parcel of farmland. To get from one to the other, he and his family have to travel 22 kilometers, which they do by donkey-drawn cart. Sometimes, when they get to the crossing gate, soldiers do not let their cart pass.

26 January 2006

B'Tselem: Hamas must renounce war crimes

B'Tselem calls on Hamas to renounce the policy of suicide bombings, and refrain from all deliberate attacks on civilians, in both Israel and the Occupied Territories .

24 January 2006

New B'Tselem Campaign: Change the Route of the Separation Barrier

B'Tselem launches a public campaign to alter the route of the separation barrier.