Israel established small settlements in the midst of the Palestinian population of Hebron’s city center. Based on what Israel calls “the principle of separation”, it has imposed physical and legal segregation between the hundreds of settlers and the thousands of Palestinians residents. Palestinians are subjected to extreme movement restrictions and hundreds of businesses were shut down. This, coupled with violence by settlers and security forces, has made life intolerable for Palestinians, leading to a mass exodus and the economic ruin of the downtown area. Israeli authorities thereby promote the driving out of Palestinians from Hebron’s city center.read more >>
Israel’s regime of apartheid and occupation is inextricably bound up in human rights violations. B’Tselem strives to end the occupation, as that is the only way forward to a future in which human rights, democracy, liberty and equality are ensured to all people, both Palestinian and Israeli, living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.