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Military and Security Forces: February 18, 2013

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According to testimonies gathered by human rights organization “B’Tselem”, IDF soldiers assaulted a school principal and teachers at the Tuqu’ high school, threatening to detain them as those responsible for stone throwing by the schools’ students. (B’Tselem)

(Hebrew – B’Tselem)

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February 18th, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Military and Security Forces: December 14, 2012

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Two Reuters photo-journalists were beaten by IDF soldiers while covering clasheds between IDF forces and Palestinians in Hebron.  The soldiers forced the journalists to strip and get on their knees in the middle of the street.  According to the journalists, they were beaten and teargas granades were thrown at them.  They further claim that the soldiers accused them of belonging to human rights organization “B’Tselem”. (Ynetnews)

(Hebrew – Walla!)

שני צלמי עיתונות מטעם רויטרס הוכו על ידי חיילי צה”ל בשעה שסיקרו עימותים בין כוחות צה”ל לפלסטינים בחברון. החיילים הורו לצלמים לפשוט את בגדיהם ולכרוע על ברכיהם במרכז העיר. לטענתם, הם היכו אותם והשליכו לעברם רימוני גז. הצלמים טוענים כי החיילים האשימו אותם כי הם משתייכים לארגון “בצלם” (וואלה!).

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December 14th, 2012 at 9:23 am

Military and Security Forces: November 21, 2012

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Of 102 Palestinians killed during operation “Pillar of Cloud” (as of 19.11), 40 were civilians. (B’Tselem)

(Hebrew – B’Tselem)

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November 21st, 2012 at 11:30 am

Political: November 5, 2012

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A new B’Tselem report on the long term impact of the separation barrier on the Palestinian communities on whose land it is built, reveals that despite its commitment to the High Court, the steps taken by the State have not prevented the barrier’s harmful effects on the lives of Palestinians.  Since the construction of the barrier, Palestinian residents of these communities have lost the ability to make profitable use of their lands - their major remaining resource.  Moreover, the spatial division between neighboring communities, and between them and their land, strains their ability to survive and paralyzes sustainable development.  In addition, over eight years after imposition of the permit regime, the Civil Administration has still not bothered to translate into Arabic the collected Seam Zone orders—describing the types of permits and approval criteria. (B’Tselem)

 (Hebrew – B’Tselem)

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November 5th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Internal Security: June 6, 2012

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B’Tselem and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) have filed an appeal against the decision of the Police Investigations Unit (PIU) to close three cases that were opened following complaints it had received, and asked to copy the investigative files on behalf of the complainants.  Studying of the files has shown faults in the PIU treatment of the cases.  In two of the cases attorney Gabi Lasky has filed an appeal to the State’s Attorney on behalf of B’Tselem.  Another case has been transferred to ACRI which has filed an additional appeal. (B’Tselem)

(Hebrew - B’Tselem)

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June 6th, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Military and Security Forces: May 1, 2012

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The Military Advocacy for Operational Affairs (MAOA) announced it closed the Military Police Criminal Investigation Division’s investigation file into a complaint submitted by the B’Tselem human rights organization into the circumstances of the killing of 21 members of the Samouni family in Gaza in “Operation Case Lead” without taking any measures against those responsible.

Military and Security Forces: April 22, 2012

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The B’Tselem organization has recorded two severe instances of direct firing of gas grenades at West Bank protesters, despite the IDF’s claims that such direct firing does not take place.

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April 22nd, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Military and Security Forces: March 21, 2012

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The annual B’Tselem report determines that there has been a sharp increase in 2011 in the number of uninvolved Palestinian civilians killed by Israeli security forces in the Gaza Strip.

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March 21st, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Settlers and Settlements: March 14, 2012

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A new report by human rights NGO B’Tselem reveals that large tracts of occupied land have been classified as state land for the use of settlements even though they are actually privately or collectively owned by Palestinians.  (B’Tselem)

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March 14th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Military and Security Forces: February 1, 2012

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According to data obtained by B’Tselem from the Prison Service, there has been a steady increase in the number of Palestinian detainees held in administrative detention in 2011: In January 2011 219 Palestinians were held in administrative detention, while in December 2011 their number had risen to 307.  According to the data, as of the end of December 2011, 29% of detainees had been held for between 6 months and one year, and a further 24% for between one and two years.  17 detainees have been held for between two and four years, and one has been held for more than five years.  The data further shows that at the end of 2011 Israel was holding a Palestinian minor in administrative detention.  One of the detainees, 34 year old Khader Adnan, from the village of ‘Araba near Jenin, was detained on December 17, and has been on hunger strike since the 18th.  According to Physicians for Human Rights, “his condition is life-threatening.”