Human shields

Human shields

During the second intifada, the Palestinian popular uprising, the Israeli military used Palestinian civilians as human shields. Soldiers would order Palestinians to perform tasks such as entering homes to check for booby traps or the removal of suspicious objects from roads. This use of civilians was not a local initiative by soldiers, but rather implementation of a decision made by senior military authorities. In 2005, Israel’s High Court of Justice declared it unlawful to use Palestinian civilians in military operations. Nonetheless, B’Tselem has documented instances of this practice taking place subsequent to the court's decision.