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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

1 September 2005

New video: Southern Hebron Hills - Life in the shadow of settler violence

Daily life of the cave residents in the Southern Hebron Hills in the shadow of settler violence and army abuse.

1 September 2005

High Court Petition against law denying Palestinians compensation

On 1 Sept. 2005, nine human rights organizations petitioned the Israeli High Court against a new law that denies compensation to Palestinians harmed by Israeli forces.

25 August 2005

IDF chief of staff orders inquiry into the killing of five Palestinians in Tulkarm

The revelation that the five Palestinians who were killed in an IDF operation in Tulkarm Refugee Camp were unarmed, based on B'Tselem's field research, strengthens the grave suspicion that execution of Palestinians has become a norm among the security for forces.

7 August 2005

Human Rights Organizations Warn of Possible Wave of Settler Attacks

Israeli human rights organizations have called on the Israeli government to take the necessary steps to protect Palestinians in case of an escalation in violence by Israeli civilians during and after disengagement.