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21 November 2005

Soldiers shell house with residents still inside, setting it on fire

On the night of 23 October 2005, soldiers fired gunshots and missiles at a house in the Nur Shams refugee camp, near Tulkarm, without first warning the occupants to leave. The shelling caused a fire to break out, while residents, including small children, were still inside.

13 November 2005

High Court questions the ban on family reunification

High Court President Barak demanded that the State provide more detailed information to prove its claim that family reunification facilitates terror.

7 November 2005

Video testimony: IDF soldiers forced taxi pasangers to undress in public

IDF soldiers order taxi driver and passengers to undress in public and detain them for hours wrapped in nylon sheets.

6 November 2005

Elevating the status of the Modi'in Illit settlement will intensify the land grab

B'Tselem today urged Interior Minister Ophir Pines-Paz not to change the status of the Modi'in Illit settlement from a local council to a municipality. B'Tselem explained that turning the settlement into a municipality would violate international law, and intensify the violation of the human rights of the Palestinian on whose land the settlement was built.

30 October 2005

Speak out against the bill enabling prolonged incommunicado detention

If enacted, the law will enable Israeli authorities to detain Palestinians for fifty days without allowing them to meet with their attorneys. Write to the chair of the Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, MK Micha'el Eitan, and urge him to remove the bill from the Knesset's agenda.

27 October 2005

Five Israeli civilians killed by Palestinians

Five Israeli civilians were killed on 26 Oct. 2005 in a Palestinian suicide bombing at the Hadera marketplace. Attacks aimed at civilians undermine all rules of morality and law. Whatever the circumstances, such acts are unjustifiable.

11 October 2005

Olive harvest begins in the shadow of the restrictions on movement

High Court justices sharply criticize Israel's policy of closing off agricultural land and preventing farmers from accessing their land during most of the year.

6 October 2005

Court forbids use of human shields

This morning, the Israeli High Court of Justice ruled that it is illegal to use Palestinian civilians in military operations. The decision was handed down in response to a petition filed in 2002 by a coalition of human rights organizations.

16 September 2005

High Court in precedent-making decision: Dismantle section of the Separation Barrier

On 15 September 2005, the High Court ordered the state to change the Barrier route by Alfe Menashe. The justices ruled that the current route disproportionately violates the rights of Palestinians living in an enclave of five villages.

15 September 2005

New report: Barrier route planned to enable settlement expansion

The expansion of settlements in the West Bank was a primary consideration in setting the route of the Separation Barrier. This is the conclusion of a report by B'Tselem and Bimkom, which refutes Israel's contention that the Barrier's route is based solely on security considerations