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21 March 2018

‘Ahed Tamimi’s forced plea bargain clearly illustrates role of military juvenile court: Protecting the occupation, not Palestinian minors

The conviction rate in Israel’s military courts in the West Bank is almost 100% - not because the military prosecution is so efficient, but because Palestinian defendants reluctantly sign plea bargains in which they plead guilty. A new report published yesterday by B’Tselem shows how the measures that Israel has showcased over the last decade as examples of its improved treatment of Palestinian minors in military courts have little to do with the protection of minors and everything to do with public relations. In fact, the function of the military juvenile court boils down to signing off on plea bargains such as the one signed today.
20 March 2018

#Occupation365 4 November 2017 through 23 February 2018

From 4 November 2017 through 23 February 2018 Israeli security forces arrested at least 1,210 Palestinians, including 168 minors; made at least 1,107 raids on towns and villages; raided at least 451 homes; and set up at least 1,217 flying checkpoints.
20 March 2018

New report: Minors in Jeopardy - Violation of the Rights of Palestinian Minors by Israel’s Military Courts

Every year, Israel arrests and detains hundreds of Palestinian minors, routinely and systematically violating their rights throughout: during arrest and interrogation, and at the military juvenile court. The minors undergo this process completely alone, cut off from their family and without legal counsel. Israel boasts of changes instituted in the military juvenile justice system in recent years, claiming significant improvement to the protections afforded minors. In practice, these changes have not helped safeguard minors’ rights and are no more than superficial matters of form designed to legitimize the military justice system and the occupation regime.

19 March 2018

Palestinian stabs and kills Israeli civilian in the Old City, East Jerusalem

B’Tselem expresses its deep sorrow over the killing of Adiel Kolman, a 32-year-old father of four who lived in the settlement of Kochav Hashachar. He was fatally stabbed by a Palestinian in the Old City, East Jerusalem. B’Tselem conveys its sincerest condolences to the Kolman family. The deliberate targeting of civilians undermines every moral, legal and human standard. B’Tselem strongly condemns any and all deliberate attacks against civilians and calls once again on politicians and leaders to act responsibly and avoid fanning the flames of violence.

19 March 2018

Israeli military trains near Palestinian farmers by Khirbet Um al-Jamal

Since 5 March 2018, large Israeli forces – including infantry, tanks and armored vehicles – have been conducting military training on an almost daily basis near Palestinian communities in the northern Jordan Valley. This morning (19 March), a military force made up of three tanks, a jeep and an armored vehicle drove mere meters away from farmers tilling their land. This was but one more example of the daily military training routine that Israeli decision-makers impose on the people living in the Palestinian communities of the northern Jordan Valley, with a view to forcing them to leave, ostensibly of their own accord.
15 March 2018

Israeli military reopens main entrance to Hizma after choking the Palestinian village for 2 months

On 14 March 2018, the military reopened the main entrance to Hizma, a village between Jerusalem and Ramallah, after blocking it for almost 2 months and intermittently closing the southern entrances, on the grounds that stones had been thrown at nearby roads. On 28 February, it also closed the dirt roads residents had been using as a fallback. Entirely disrupting the lives of the 7,000 or so residents of the village constitutes prohibited collective punishment – yet another example of life under occupation, at the whim of military power.

13 March 2018

Life under shadow of Beit El settlement: Travel restrictions on residents of al-Jalazun R.C.

Al-Jalazun RC, north of Ramallah is home to some 14,000 people. In 1977, the settlement of Beit El was established near the camp, bringing with it permanent military presence and frequent travel restrictions on Road 466, which connects the northern West Bank and the camp to Ramallah. These restrictions affect all camps residents, particularly those needing medical care in Ramallah and those working in the city and nearby al-Birah. Residents of other Palestinian communities north of the camp who also rely on this road are also affected. The true impact, however, cannot be quantified, as residents choose not to leave the camp for non-essential reasons due to the uncertainty the arbitrary blockages bring.
13 March 2018

Israeli military trains today near Palestinian communities in northern Jordan Valley

Since 5 March 2018, Israeli troops including infantry, tanks and other armored vehicles have been training at all hours in the area of Khirbet al-Malih and the village of al-Farisiyah in the northern Jordan Valley. Today, 13 March, forces including at least 20 tanks and dozens of military vehicles have been training throughout the northern Jordan Valley, including just one km from al-Farisiyah. The incessant military training in the Jordan Valley is part of a longstanding policy to drive Palestinian communities to leave, as though freely will.

8 March 2018

No way out: Women trapped in Gaza away from their homes and partners

Imagine visiting relatives in another country and ending up stranded, away from your partner or children for months and years. For hundreds of women stranded in Gaza, not knowing if and when they’ll be able to go home, this is reality. The Palestinian and Egyptian authorities are responsible for Rafah Crossing remaining shut through most of the year, but the fact that this is the only way out of Gaza is the result of Israeli policy which denies exit any other way. Israel must respect the rights of all Gazans to freedom of movement and the rights of these women to family life by ending their suffering and letting them go home.

7 March 2018

Military has been training near Palestinian communities in northern Jordan Valley for three days

Over the last three days military forces, including tanks, have been training exercises both during the day and at night, in several areas located near Khirbet al-Malih and the village of al-Farisiyah in the northern Jordan Valley. The exercises include use of firearms on grazing pastures, while local residents are denied access. Today the forces trained in Khirbet Um al-Jmal between residents’ homes and on farmland and near Khirbet Ibziq, where two families had evacuated following orders given by the military. Incessant military training in the northern Jordan Valley is part of Israel’s longstanding policy aimed at making living conditions in Palestinian communities unbearable and forcing residents out, ostensibly of their own accord.