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September 2016

Whitewash Protocol
The So-Called Investigation of Operation Protective Edge

In the summer of 2014, Israeli security forces killed 1,391 people, including 526 minors, who did not participate in the fighting. The report describes how Israel creates the false appearance of investigations into alleged breaches of law during the fighting, when in fact, those who are truly responsible for the violations, those who designed the policy and issued the orders, were never investigated. The MAG Corps’ investigations focus only on the responsibility of the lower ranks for cases considered “exceptional”, ignoring the fact that scores more nearly identical cases ended with horrifying outcomes. The MAG’s stand, which absolves himself of responsibility and allows decision makers to repeatedly ignore these outcomes is illegal and immoral.

May 2016

The Occupation's Fig Leaf
Israel’s Military Law Enforcement System as a Whitewash Mechanism

The report explains the reasons behind B’Tselem’s decision to no longer refer complaints to the military law enforcement system. It was made based on information compiled from hundreds of complaints B’Tselem has filed with the military, dozens of military investigations and many meetings with officials. B’Tselem will continue reporting violations but will no longer help a system which serves as a whitewash mechanism and that also, in advance, absolves senior military and government officials of responsibility for the policy they set out.

September 2014

Israeli authorities have proven they cannot investigate suspected violations of international humanitarian law by Israel in the Gaza Strip

During Operation Protective Edge, Israel violated international humanitarian law in some cases, and many other cases are highly suspect. However, B’Tselem does not intend to demand that these suspicions be investigated by Israel’s current investigation mechanisms. This is due to the experience that B’Tselem gained following past military offensives in the Gaza Strip, which shows that there is currently no official body in Israel capable of conducting independent investigations of suspected violations of international humanitarian law.

August 2013

Position Paper: Turkel Commission 2nd Report
Turkel Commission Report on Israel's Mechanisms for Investigating Complaints of Violations of International Humanitarian Law

Six months after the Turkel Commission’s issued its report on Israel’s investigative policy of alleged violations of laws of war, B’Tselem published a position paper on the report. While the commission held that Israel fulfills its obligation to investigate, it noted: “in several of the areas examined, there are grounds for amending examination and investigation mechanisms and in several areas, there are grounds for changing the accepted policy”. The commission’s recommendations are far-reaching. Nonetheless, B’Tselem emphasizes that greater systemic change is needed to bring Israel’s military investigative policy up to par.

March 2012

Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
B'Tselem 2011 annual report

The report surveys the broad spectrum of issues regarding the Israeli authorities' human rights record in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over the past year, the 44th year of the Israeli occupation. An interactive version of the report is available online and distributed through social media. The report documents a sharp increase in the number of uninvolved Palestinians killed by the Israeli security forces in the Gaza Strip in 2011. There was also an increase in the number of Israeli civilians killed by Palestinians, compared to 2010.

October 2010

Kept in the Dark
Treatment of Palestinian Detainees in the Petach- Tikva Interrogation Facility of the Israel Security Agency

The report exposes routine ill-treatment of Palestinians in interrogations. The findings, based on testimonies of 121 Palestinians, show they were subjected to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, and in some cases, also to torture. The report calls on Israel to cease the illegal practices, punish the offenders, and compensate the victims.

September 2010

Void of Responsibility
Israel Military Policy not to investigate Killings of Palestinians by Soldiers

According to the report the Israeli army's policy not to investigate the killing of Palestinian civilians exempts soldiers from accountability, even when criminal offenses are suspected. Even in the few cases in which investigations are opened, routine procrastination by the Judge Advocate Generals' Office leads to closing of the files.

February 2009

Guidelines for Israel's Investigation into Operation Cast Lead

B'Tselem issued a position paper detailing the guidelines of the necessary Israeli investigation of its conduct during the operation in Gaza. B'Tselem's initial survey of the military operation calls into question Israeli statements that the military acted according to International Humanitarian Law and that responsibility for the harm to the civilian population rests exclusively with Hamas.

May 2007

Absolute Prohibition
The Torture and Ill-Treatment of Palestinian Detainees

The ISA routinely maltreats Palestinian detainees during interrogations and in some cases even tortures them. This is one of the findings of the report issued today by B'Tselem and HaMoked: Center for the Defence of the Individual.

May 2005

Take No Prisoners
The Fatal Shooting of Palestinians by Israeli Security Forces during “Arrest Operations”

The report raises the strong suspicion that during the past year the military engaged in assassinations in the guise of arrest operations.

June 2003

Implementation of Phase 1 of the Road Map
Background and Monitoring Recommendations for Provisions Concerning Human Rights

January 2000

Legislation Allowing the Use of Physical Force and Mental Coercion in Interrogations by the General Security Service