In July, the Israeli military killed 163 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, 78 of whom were not taking part in the hostilities when they were killed. Thirty-six of the fatalities were minors, and 20 were women.
On Sunday, 30 July 2006, the Israeli air force bombed a residential building in the village of Qana, in southern Lebanon , thereby causing the death of tens of Lebanese civilians who were in the building at the time.
The High Court accepted without challenge all the state's arguments, though they were refuted in court. In doing so, the High Court granted, once again, a cloak of legality to Israel 's improper policy.
International Humanitarian Law requires protection of civilians from the harms of war. B'Tselem calls on the government of Israel to respect the principles of IHL and on the international community to ensure that all parties respect these same principles.
B'Tselem investigation indicates that Israeli soldiers used Palestinian civilians, including minors, as human shields during the military operation in Beit Hanun.
The Israeli air force bombed a residential building in Gaza city before dawn on July 12, killing a couple and 7 of their children, the youngest a 4-year old boy. The IDF stated that the building was a hideout for senior operatives of the Hamas military wing.
On July 11, 2006, six human rights groups petitioned the Israeli High Court demanding that the crossings in Gaza be opened to allow for the steady and regular supply of fuel, food, medicine, and equipment, including spare parts needed to operate generators.
Two years ago the International Court of Justice, ruled that building the barrier inside the West Bank violates international law. Since then, changes were made in the route, but around 80% of it is still located within the West Bank.
Following revocation of their residency status, the four officials will have their identity cards taken from them and will be forbidden entry to Jerusalem . The Fourth Geneva Convention prohibits the occupying power from forcibly transferring civilians from their homes.
The Israeli Air Force is intentionally causing supersonic booms over Gaza in order to harass the population. This means, which is particularly harming children, is a form of collective punishment, outlawed by international humanitarian law.
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.