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5 December 2005

Netanya blast kills Israeli civilians

B'Tselem strongly condemns the attack at the Netanya Mall, in which five Israeli civilians were killed and many were injured. Attacks aimed at civilians undermine all rules of morality and law.

30 November 2005

B'Tselem's complaint leads DIP to recommend prosecution of policemen

Following B'Tselem' s complaint, the Department for the Investigation of Police recommended that Border Police officers be tried for severely maltreating a Palestinian in early April 2004.

21 November 2005

Soldiers shell house with residents still inside, setting it on fire

On the night of 23 October 2005, soldiers fired gunshots and missiles at a house in the Nur Shams refugee camp, near Tulkarm, without first warning the occupants to leave. The shelling caused a fire to break out, while residents, including small children, were still inside.

21 November 2005

High Court bans "neighbor procedure," State Attorney's Office appeals

State Attorney's Office filed an application for a rehearing. Minister of Defense Shaul Mofaz stated that he wanted to appear before the court and explain the importance of the procedure.

13 November 2005

High Court questions the ban on family reunification

High Court President Barak demanded that the State provide more detailed information to prove its claim that family reunification facilitates terror.

7 November 2005

Video testimony: IDF soldiers forced taxi pasangers to undress in public

IDF soldiers order taxi driver and passengers to undress in public and detain them for hours wrapped in nylon sheets.

6 November 2005

Elevating the status of the Modi'in Illit settlement will intensify the land grab

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.

30 October 2005

Speak out against the bill enabling prolonged incommunicado detention

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.

27 October 2005

Five Israeli civilians killed by Palestinians

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.

11 October 2005

Olive harvest begins in the shadow of the restrictions on movement

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.