Israel: Release Body of Slain Palestinian

Click to expand Image Ahmed Erekat © Private (Jerusalem) – Israeli authorities have held the body of a Palestinian man, Ahmed Erekat, for more than ten weeks after officers killed him seemingly without justification at a checkpoint, in violation of international humanitarian law, Human Rights Watch said today. Video footage shows Erekat’s car crashing into […]

Amnesty International Staffer Challenges Israel’s Travel Ban

Expand Laith Abu Zeyad, a campaigner for Amnesty International, in front of Israel’s separation barrier in Jerusalem. © 2020 Private Amnesty International will soon challenge in a Jerusalem court a travel ban that the Israeli government imposed on its campaigner for Israel and Palestine, Laith Abu Zeyad. The hearing is slated for May 31. Six […]

Israel: Discriminatory Land Policies Hem in Palestinians

Expand Jisr al-Zarqa, the only Palestinian town in Israel on the Mediterranean, bordered to the south by an earthen berm separating it from the predominantly Jewish town of Caesarea; to the north by Kibbutz Ma’agan Michael, with its fish ponds; and to the east by Highway 2. Aerial photography taken between 2011 and 2015.  © […]

Gaza: Apparently Unlawful Israeli Strikes Kill At Least 11 Civilians

Expand Children in Gaza sit on November 16, 2019 in a classroom near a picture of their classmate Mo’ath al-Sawarka, aged 7, one of five children killed in an Israeli airstrike two days earlier. © 2019 Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency (Jerusalem) – Two Israeli airstrikes in Gaza during a flare-up in fighting with Palestinian armed groups […]

Israel: Court Delays Hearing to Deport Rights Activist

(Jerusalem, July 24, 2019) – Israel’s Supreme Court delayed a July 25, 2019 hearing on whether the Israeli government can deport a Human Rights Watch employee for speaking out on unlawful settlements, Human Rights Watch said today. In a rare move made less than 24 hours ahead of the hearing, the court delayed the case against […]

Israel: Court Delays Landmark Deportation Hearing of Activist

Update: In a rare last-minute move the court postponed the July 25 hearing until September to give the Israeli government time to respond to filings in support of Human Rights Watch. “The Israeli government should recognize that the world views its effort to deport Human Rights Watch’s researcher as an attempt to shut down human […]

Israel: Landmark Supreme Court Case on Deporting Activist

Expand A dossier compiled by Israel’s Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Ministry on the activities of Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine Director, which served as the basis for the government’s May 7, 2018 decision to revoke his work visa. (Jerusalem) – Israel’s Supreme Court will consider at a hearing on July 25, […]

Why the Gaza Protests Won’t Stop

Expand Israeli forces fire tear gas towards Palestinian demonstrators near the fences separating Gaza and Israel, as seen from the Israeli side, on March 30, 2018.  © 2018 Reuters On Saturday, Palestinians in Gaza will head to the fences with Israel that effectively serve as their prison walls to mark one year since they began […]

Israel: Human Rights Watch Official’s Deportation Reinstated

(Jerusalem) – An Israeli court on April 16, 2019 upheld the Israeli government’s order to deport Omar Shakir, the Human Rights Watch Israel and Palestine director, Human Rights Watch said today. The ruling by the Jerusalem District Court comes in response to a lawsuit filed in May 2018 by the organization, and Shakir challenging the […]