Beating & abuse

B'Tselem 2011 annual report
March 2012

The report surveys the broad spectrum of issues regarding the Israeli authorities' human rights record in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the past year, the 44th year of the Israeli occupation. An interactive version of the report is available online and distributed through social media. The report documents a sharp increase in the number of uninvolved Palestinians killed by the Israeli security forces in the Gaza Strip in 2011. There was also an increase in the number of Israeli civilians killed by Palestinians, compared to 2010.

Violation of the Rights of Palestinian Minors Arrested by Israel on Suspicion of Stone-Throwing
July 2011

The report reveals for the first time official data on treatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli military court system in the West Bank: 93% of all minors convicted of stone throwing were given jail sentences. The report shows how that the rights of these minors are violated severely throughout the criminal justice process.

Israel's Policy in the Jordan Valley and Northern Dead Sea
May 2011

Israel exploits the natural resources in the Jordan Valley more than in the rest of the West Bank and prevents Palestinians from using most of the area's land and water resources.

The Illegal Behavior of the Police toward Minors in Silwan Suspected of Stone Throwing
December 2010

The report shows that, over the past year, at least 81 Palestinian minors from Silwan, East Jerusalem, have been arrested or detained for questioning on suspicion of stone throwing. Many were arrested at night, some were questioned without a parent present, and many said the arrest was violent. These methods breach Israel's Youth Law and other laws it applies to East Jerusalem.

Treatment of Palestinian Detainees in the Petach- Tikva Interrogation Facility of the Israel Security Agency
Joint report with Hamoked - Center for the Defence of the Individual
October 2010

The report exposes routine ill-treatment of Palestinians in interrogations. The findings, based on testimonies of 121 Palestinians, show they were subjected to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, and in some cases, also to torture. The report calls on Israel to cease the illegal practices, punish the offenders, and compensate the victims.

Administrative detention of Palestinians by Israel and the Incarceration of Unlawful Combatants Law
Joint report with Hamoked - Center for the Defence of the Individual
October 2009

According to the report Israel is holding 335 Palestinians in lengthy administrative detention. Nine Gazans are being held pursuant to the Internment of Unlawful Combatants Law. The organizations call on Israel to release the administrative detainees or prosecute them in accord with due process.

February 2009

B'Tselem issued a position paper detailing the guidelines of the necessary Israeli investigation of its conduct during the operation in Gaza. B'Tselem's initial survey of the military operation calls into question Israeli statements that the military acted according to International Humanitarian Law and that responsibility for the harm to the civilian population rests exclusively with Hamas.

Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
December 2007

According to the report, the number of Israelis and Palestinians killed in clashes in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip dropped. However, there has been deterioration in many other measures of the human rights situation in the Occupied Territories.

Denial of Palestinians' Freedom of Movement in the West Bank
July 2007

Since the beginning of the second intifada, in September 2000, Israel has imposed restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank that are unprecedented in scope and time. As a result, the fundamental right of West Bank Palestinians to freedom of movement, their exercise of which was limited in any event, has become a privilege that Israel extends to them as it deems fit. Indeed, Palestinian travel in the West Bank is now an exception, which must be justified to the Israeli authorities, and almost every trip entails uncertainty, friction with soldiers, much waiting, and often great expense.

Israel's Separation Policy and Forced Eviction of Palestinians from the Center of Hebron
Joint report with The Association for Civil Rights in Israel
May 2007

Israel's policy of segregation in the center of Hebron led to the closing of at least 1,014 commercial establishments during the Intifada. At least 659 Palestinian families had to leave their homes. These are the finding of a new report issued today by B'Tselem and The Association for civil rights in Israel.

The Torture and Ill-Treatment of Palestinian Detainees
Joint report with Hamoked - Center for the Defence of the Individual
May 2007

The ISA routinely maltreats Palestinian detainees during interrogations and in some cases even tortures them. This is one of the findings of the report issued today by B'Tselem and HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual.

Violation of the Rights of Palestinians in Israel without a Permit
March 2007

The report is a unique study on the infringement of the human rights of the tens of thousands of Palestinian workers staying in Israel without a permit.

The Delay, Abuse and Humiliation of Medical Personnel by Israeli Security Forces
Joint report with Physicians for Human Rights - Israel
December 2003
Settlements Cause Mass Departure of Palestinians
August 2003