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22 March 2020

Israeli-made nightmare scenario: COVID-19 in Gaza

The spread of COVID-19 in the Gaza Strip will be a massive disaster, resulting entirely from the unique conditions created by more than a decade of Israeli blockade: a failing healthcare system, extreme poverty, dependence on humanitarian aid, dysfunctional infrastructure and harsh living conditions that compromise public health – even before exposure to the new virus – combine with overcrowding to form a nightmare scenario.

19 March 2020

Abuse of Palestinians overrides fear of COVID-19

Israel Police continues to abuse Palestinians in al-’Esawiyah, including false arrests of minors, in operation ongoing since April 2019

19 March 2020

Video: Soldiers shoot demonstrator Bader Nafleh, 19, in the neck and kill him

On 7 Feb. 2020, during a protest by the Separation Barrier near Qaffin, Palestinian youths lit tires and threw stones and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers on the other side of the barrier. At one point, a soldier fired a live round from a jeep despite no danger to the force, striking Bader Nafleh, 19, in the neck. Experience shows that no one will be held accountable – the shooter, his commander, or those who gave the orders enabling the shooting. As long as the whitewashing policy continues, so will lethal, illegal shooting of Palestinians.

16 March 2020

For a handful of Jewish worshippers: Military shuts Palestinians in homes and they suffer noise, littering and damage to property

The towns of ‘Awarta and Kifl Haris in the northern West Bank are home to tombs that some consider Jewish holy sites. Every few months, the military shuts them down to allow Jewish worshippers to visit the sites overnight. The “visitors” make a racket, litter, swear at residents and damage their property. These incursions are another blatant manifestation of Israel’s violent policiy in the West Bank, which gives the interests of Israeli citizens absolute preference over the rights of Palestinian subjects.
12 March 2020

Israeli AG’s objection to ICC jurisdiction in Palestine divorced from reality

B’Tselem’s analysis finds AG’s claims, that the ICC has no jurisdiction in Palestine, rely on intentional misquotation, disregard for international law and an absurd misrepresentation of reality. Contrary to the AG’s position, the ICC has jurisdiction to carry out the necessary investigation of the situation in Palestine. This morning, B’Tselem published a position paper refuting the conclusion of Attorney General Dr. Avichai Mandelblit – the highest legal authority in Israel’s executive branch, whose legal opinion represents the government – that the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has no jurisdiction to investigate suspected war crimes by Israel.

11 March 2020

Violence, interrogation, shooting - just another Friday under occupation in Deir Nizam

On Jan. 24, soldiers came into the village of Deir Nizam, northwest of Ramallah, jumped a 15-year-old and put him in their jeep. When locals tried to intervene, a soldier fired in the air, and then at a passerby - injuring him. The teen was taken to a military base, interrogated and held until evening. His parents were not told where he was. For most Israelis and their political and military leaders, this seems trivially routine. For those living under our control, it is a brutal, terrifying routine that scars the body and the mind.

10 March 2020

New B’Tselem blog: State-backed settler violence

Blocking roads, throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at cars and homes, raiding villages by night, torching houses and fields, uprooting trees, damaging property, physically assaulting and shooting: settler violence against Palestinians has long since become routine, meant to drive Palestinians out of their land and make it clear who is in charge – fully backed by the state. To convey the frequency and severity of these incidents, we decided to start a new blog on B’Tselem’s website, with monthly updates giving voice to people exposed to these acts of violence.

8 March 2020

Overcoming the odds: Five women, five stories of entrepreneurship and ingenuity. Gaza, 2020

At this very moment, hundreds of thousands of women and girls are dealing with stifling unemployment and unbearable living conditions. To mark International Women’s Day, B’Tselem has chosen to share the voices of five women and their stories of coping with an impossible reality forced upon them.

Photo of Samar al-Bu’, Beekeeper

27 February 2020

Israeli army bulldozer pushes boulders at high speed towards protesters, Kfar Qadum

On 21 Feb. 2020, during the weekly protest against the closure of the eastern entrance to the village of Kfar Qadum since the settlement of Kedumim was expanded, an army bulldozer pushed boulders, placed on the road to obstruct soldiers, towards residents at high speed. The boulders hit a journalist and 10-year-old boy and damaged an ambulance and private car. The military’s well-documented, violent oppression of these demonstrations forms an illegal formal policy of deterring the residents’ legitimate protest against violation of their rights.

24 February 2020

Turning a blind eye: at least 21 Gazan protestors lose eye from Israeli forces’ fire, 1 teenager loses both

At least 21 March of Return protestors have lost vision in one eye in the past two years, and A 16 year old boy lost vision in both eyes. Their personal tragedies add to the alarming summary of Return Protest casualties: more than 200 killed, 8,000 wounded by live fire, 2,400 by “rubber” bullets, nearly 3,000 by tear gas canisters. Wanton use of crowd control weapons has been a feature of the illegal and immoral open-fire policy Israel has been applying in these demonstrations for nearly two years. Here are three stories of individuals who have lost vision in one eye.