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1 March 2005

B'Tselem publishes updated map of the Separation Barrier

The map allows a comparison of the new route approved by the Israeli government with the previous route.

26 February 2005

Tel Aviv blast kills Israeli civilians

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.

23 February 2005

Barrier route updated

Despite some improvements, the updated route of the Barrier will continue to cause extensive harm to the human rights of many Palestinians.

17 February 2005

Defense Minister orders halt to punitive house demolitions

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.

17 February 2005

B'Tselem calls on the PA to abolish the death penalty

On Feb. 17, 2005, B'Tselem called on Abbas to commute the death sentences and abolish the death penalty.

10 February 2005

IDF freezes massive house-demolition plan for Rafah

On 10 February 2005, Ha'aretz reported that the IDF decided to freeze its plan to dig a trench and demolish houses.

6 February 2005

Testimony: Police Beat Zakariya Barak'a in an Attempt to Force him to Sign a Document Forbidding him from Entering Israel

"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..."

2 February 2005

Israeli military grants impunity when soldiers kill Palestinian civilians

Since the beginning of the al-Aqsa intifada, the IDF has opened only 90 Military Police investigations into Palestinians killed and injured.

1 February 2005

B'Tselem launches new website

B'Tselem is launching a new and improved website, and errors might emerge in the coming days. Please help us by reporting errors and issues that you encounter to

6 January 2005

Testimony: IDF soldier shoots to death 14 year-old boy playing with his friends

I heard a shot being fired and then two or three more. I saw Salah a-Din fall backwards without making a sound.