Israel’s control over roughly five million Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip manifests itself in different ways in their lives. They daily face organized, ongoing state violence, some of it overt, more often hidden. Since Palestinians have no political representation in the Israeli institutions that govern their lives, the potential for arbitrary use of force – physical or administrative – against them is virtually unrestricted. The result is harassment and abuse sometimes for no apparent reason, sometimes based on barely plausible security grounds.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.