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15 July 2021

Occupation routine: 12-year-old violently interrogated, held in dark cell, beaten by guards and abandoned at checkpoint after 16 days in prison

On 30 May 2021, soldiers entered the home of the Muqbal family in Beit Ummar, woke the inhabitants up and demanded the parents bring their son Sanad (12) in for questioning. The next day, Sanad was interrogated alone and then held overnight in a small, dark cell with a water-soaked mattress and no food or drink. In the morning, he was transferred to Megiddo Prison. He was sentenced to 31 days in prison in a plea bargain, but granted administrative release after 16 days and abandoned, alone, at Jalameh Checkpoint.

11 July 2021

Court sanctioned war crime committed in broad daylight

On July 7, 2021, Israel committed an attempted forcible transfer – a war crime – against residents of Humsah. In a break from the previous five demolitions in the community within less than a year, yesterday, Israeli soldiers and Civil Administration staff removed the contents of some residents’ homes and transported the items to an area located near ‘Ein Shibli, where Israel has been trying to forcibly relocate residents. Israel misrepresented these actions as being part of dialog and consent, proving, if anyone still entertained any doubts, it is intent on expelling these residents from their homes permanently.

8 July 2021

Trucks load personal belongings; buses arrive for residents: Israel carries out massive demolition at Humsah for the sixth time in less than a year

This morning, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, Israeli military and Civil Administration personnel arrived at the tent-dwelling community of Khirbet Humsah in the Jordan Valley. According to early reports, the forces have dismantled and confiscated tents housing numerous community members along with everything inside them, loading them onto trucks well into the evening. Buses also arrived at the scene to remove residents who were left without shelter in the sweltering heat. The residents, who refuse to leave, fear they will be expelled by force during the night.

30 June 2021

Soldier kills Husam 'Asayrah (19) during violent settler raid on village of 'Asirah al-Qibliyah

On 14 May 2021, settlers and soldiers came to the village in Nablus District. The settlers threw stones at homes and residents and fired in the air, and residents threw stones at them. The soldiers used force against the residents instead of distancing the settlers. After the party moved to a distant hilltop, a soldier shot and killed 'Asirah and injured another resident although they posed no danger. Such collaboration between soldiers and settlers is part of Israel’s unofficial policy to drive Palestinians out and take over West Bank land.

23 June 2021

Video footage shows Israeli special police unit carrying out targeted killing of Ahmad ‘Abdu, a Palestinian sitting in his car and endangering no one

In the early morning hours of 25 May 2021, an Israeli Special Police Unit vehicle stopped in front of a car just after Ahmad ‘Abdu (25) got into it, in the Palestinian town neighborhood of Um a-Sharayet next to al-Bireh in the West Bank. Officers who got out of the vehicle immediately fired several shots at the car and surrounded it, apparently dragging ‘Abdu out. They then left without extending him first aid. A Border Police statement claimed ‘Abdu had been killed as part of an “arrest operation”, but offered no explanation for the lethal shooting. Shooting at a person sitting in his car, without even trying to arrest him, is not an “attempted arrest”. It is a targeted killing. 

16 June 2021

Settlers escorted by military lead herd of cattle through cultivated fields in Wadi Qana and attack farmers. Soldiers fire in the air, drive out farmers, and one attacks farmer

On Sunday, 23 May 2021, at around 6:00 P.M., about 15 settlers, escorted by about five soldiers, led a herd of some 60 cows from east to west through Wadi Qana, a fertile valley with cultivated farmland belonging to residents of Deir Istiya and other villages, which Israel is trying to take over.

13 June 2021

Israeli prison guards beat bound Palestinian prisoners: Whitewashing highlights importance of ICC

Although Israel claims it ensures accountability for offenses against Palestinians, Josh Breiner revealed today in Israeli daily Ha’aretz, following complaints filed by Israeli rights group HaMoked, that appalling attacks by Israeli prison guards against bound Palestinian prisoners at Ketziot Prison were whitewashed. The investigation of this clear-cut, documented case, in which the victims knew precisely who harmed them, was shut down by law enforcement authorities after several symbolic gestures, on the grounds of “perpetrator unknown.” No one bothered to even mix the white paint, let alone cover someone in it.

27 May 2021

Israeli settlers and soldiers repeatedly attack a-Tamimi family on their farmland, April 2021

In April 2021, B’Tselem documented three incidents in which settlers and soldiers tried to drive members of the a-Tamimi family, who live in the village of Deir Nizam, from their farmland near the village of a-Nabi Saleh.

24 May 2021

And now for the whitewashing

With the latest round of bombing in Gaza over, the standard whitewashing is likely next: no accountability for policymakers and a fruitless examination of “exceptional incidents”. Israel’s claim it abided by international law in these attacks is based on a manipulative, unreasonable interpretation concocted to justify broad harm to civilians. Israel committed war crimes in Gaza. These must be properly investigated and the perpetrators held accountable – to do justice by the victims and to ensure this intolerable policy is not repeated.
20 May 2021

Bombing civilian objects is a war crime

Israel insists it is only attacking legitimate military objectives in Gaza. As it has not provided proof the attacks meet the criteria of international humanitarian law – “an effective contribution to military action” and "offering a definite military advantage” – their lawfulness cannot be established. Clearly, bombing homes only due to inhabitants’ identity or in order to demoralize the population is unlawful. Israel implemented this broad legal interpretation in previous rounds of fighting, but has never been held accountable for its policy.