He joined the Israeli human rights organisation B'Tselem with a plan to empower the vulnerable. "I asked myself how can I show the public what I saw in the West Bank. Make documentary films, I thought. They are great, but I realised they don't create the change I wanted to create in the West Bank. I understood the need to get these images and stories to the prime time news so through B'Tselem I trained 100 families across the West Bank to use cameras."
Israeli forces have canceled a planned evacuation of 75 people from their homes in the Jordan Valley, an Israeli rights group said Monday. Representatives of the Civil Administration visited the Palestinian communities of al-Burj and al-Mita to inform residents that they will not be required to leave their homes on Tuesday, the first day of the Eid al-Adha holiday, B'Tselem said.
Guy Inbar, an Israeli defence ministry official, says the dwellings that made up Makhul were illegally built and that their destruction was an act of law enforcement that came four years after demolition notices were first issued. But rights groups say it is virtually impossible to get Israeli building permits due to discriminatory planning practices.
Sarit Michaeli, spokeswoman of B’tselem, the Israeli human rights group, said before the high court’s intervention that a dangerous precedent was being set: “One of the worrying aspects of Makhul is that it is the first time in the Jordan Valley that authorities demolished all structures without allowing the community to at least rebuild some structures for shelter.”
To understand the mind-boggling scope of Oslo’s failure, it is best to look at the statistics. According to the organization B’Tselem, during the first Palestinian intifada in 1987, six years before Mr. Rabin’s attempt to recast the archterrorist Yasir Arafat as a peacemaker, 160 Israelis were murdered in Palestinian terror attacks. In the mid- to late-1990s, as successive Israeli governments negotiated with the Palestinians, and Mr. Arafat and his cronies repeatedly swore they were doing their utmost to end terrorism, 240 Israelis were brutally killed as suicide bombs and other heinous terrorist acts targeting unarmed civilians were unleashed in every corner of our nation.
The B’Tselem and Yesh Din human rights groups on Tuesday blasted a recently received IDF report that Magistrate Advocate-General Maj.-Gen. Danny Efroni had closed the four-year-old investigation into the killing of noncombatant Palestinian Bassem Abu Rahmeh. The story of the Bil’in resident, 30 when he was killed, was featured in the film Five Broken Cameras following his death in April 2009.
The Israeli human rights organization B'tselem announced on its website that its field workers were investigating the incident. Given ample precedent, notes B'tselem, the officers who entered Qalandiya should have known their pre-dawn arrest would be the catalyst for a potentially violent response from camp residents. They should have been better prepared to use non-lethal crowd control measures, asserts B'tselem, in order to prevent the shooting deaths. B'tselem added: “There is also room for grave suspicion that not all possible measures were taken to prevent this result, including the consideration of alternative modes of operation, and that the forces made excessive use of lethal weapons.”
The police are investigating eight complaints of alleged abuse against Palestinian minors during interrogations at the police station in the West Bank region of Gush Etzion, the non-governmental group B’Tselem said.
Since November 2009, it said, it had documented 64 such cases in interrogations at that station, of which it sent 31 complaints to the Justice Ministry’s Police Investigation Department.
B'Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, said Israel's Department for the Investigation of Police (DIP) is conducting an inquiry into alleged abuses that sometimes amounted to torture.
The investigation focuses on interrogations carried out by officers at a police station in Gush Etzion, a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank south of Jerusalem.