Since the beginning of the second intifada, Palestinians have killed hundreds of Israeli civilians inside Israel proper and in the Occupied Territories. Attacks include suicide bombings, stabbings and shooting attacks perpetrated in Israeli population centers and on buses; stone throwing at cars and people; and Palestinian armed organizations firing rockets and mortar shells from the Gaza Strip. Deliberate targeting of civilians subverts all human, moral and legal norms. Therefore, international humanitarian law defines such attacks as grave breaches that constitute war crimes and cannot be justified.read more >>
Israel’s regime of 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.