For the past four and a half years, Israel has severely restricted freedom of movement to and from the Gaza Strip. These restrictions further strangled the Gaza Strip, so much so that the area resembles one gigantic prison. The report warns against Israel's attempt to avoid its responsibility toward residents of the Gaza Strip following disengagement.
B'Tselem has compiled the total number of people killed in Israel and the Occupied Territories since February the 8th 2005, the date of the Sharm el-Sheikh summit.
Following publication of Sasson report on illegal outposts, B'Tselem reiterates that all settlements are illegal and must be removed.
"They began to throw stones at my house, shattering a windowpane in the children's room. The window faces the settlers' houses. My children were at home at the time but were not in their room…"
The map allows a comparison of the new route approved by the Israeli government with the previous route.
B'Tselem strongly condemns yesterday's attack in the Tel Aviv promenade, in which many civilians were killed and injured.Attacks aimed at civilians undermine all rules of morality and law. Specifically, the intentional killing of civilians is considered a "grave breach" of international humanitarian law and a war crime. Whatever the circumstances, such acts are unjustifiable.
Despite some improvements, the updated route of the Barrier will continue to cause extensive harm to the human rights of many Palestinians.
Last week it was reported that an IDF committee recommended that the IDF end its use of punitive house demolitions. B'Tselem called on the military to immediately adopt this recommendation.
On Feb. 17, 2005, B'Tselem called on Abbas to commute the death sentences and abolish the death penalty.
On 10 February 2005, Ha'aretz reported that the IDF decided to freeze its plan to dig a trench and demolish houses.
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.