•  Israel

    In 2013, Israeli forces killed Palestinian civilians in the West Bank, most in circumstances that suggest the killings were unlawful. Israeli authorities destroyed homes and other property under discriminatory practices, forcibly displacing hundreds of Palestinian residents in West Bank areas under Israeli control. Israel imposed severe restrictions on Palestinians’ right to freedom of movement, continued to build unlawful settlements in occupied territory, and arbitrarily detained Palestinians, including children and peaceful protesters.


    In the West Bank, Palestinian Authority (PA) security services beat peaceful demonstrators, and arbitrarily detained and harassed scores of journalists. Credible allegations of torture committed by the PA's security services persisted. In Gaza, Hamas committed executions after unfair trials. The authorities permitted some local human rights organizations to operate, but suppressed political dissent, free association, and peaceful assembly.



  • Apr 5, 2014
    The US government should support rather than oppose Palestinian actions to join international treaties that promote respect for human rights.
  • Mar 27, 2014
    Israeli authorities have not held accountable members of the security forces responsible for apparently unlawful killings of Palestinian civilians. In August 2013, for example, after clashes erupted during an arrest raid in Qalandia refugee camp, Israeli security forces fatally shot Roubin Zayed, an UNRWA employee whom witnesses said Israel forces shot at close range while he was walking to work. Israeli authorities have not prosecuted anyone for his death.
  • Feb 20, 2014
  • Feb 4, 2014
    The Israeli military is severely harming livelihoods in a Palestinian village in the West Bank that it plans to turn into an archaeological tourist site. The military should drop the project and lift excessive restrictions that keep residents from building or farming on their land and that limit their freedom of movement.
  • Jan 21, 2014
    Human rights abuses by Israel and by Palestinian security forces in the West Bank grew during 2013, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014.
  • Jan 13, 2014
    What is Ariel Sharon's legacy? The eulogies have focused on his decision to pull Israeli settlers out of Gaza in 2005 under the so-called "disengagement plan." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Sharon's "political courage and determination." U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sharon "surprised many in his pursuit of peace."
  • Jan 11, 2014
    Ariel Sharon died without facing justice for his role in the massacres of hundreds and perhaps thousands of civilians by Lebanese militias in the Sabra and Shatilla refugee camps in Lebanon in 1982. The killings constituted war crimes and crimes against humanity.
  • Jan 5, 2014
    No evidence has been presented by the Israeli authorities that a 15-year-old boy fatally shot in the back by Israeli soldiers near his school on December 9, 2013, posed any threat to life that would justify such a killing. It was the second incident involving the lethal shooting of a child running from Israeli forces deployed near a school in 2013.
  • Jan 3, 2014
    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon should overturn the imminent forced displacement of 23 Palestinians from 3 families from their homes near a West Bank settlement. No Israeli authority, including the High Court of Justice, has justified this displacement as being a temporary measure for the protection of the residents themselves or for imperative military reasons. Under these circumstances, displacing the families would not only be discriminatory, but also a grave breach of Israel’s obligations as the occupying power, and thus a war crime.
  • Dec 26, 2013

    If officials in a foreign country to which you had fled forced you and hundreds of your compatriots to live in isolation in the desert, surrounded by a fence and armed guards to monitor your every move, limited the public transport available to take you elsewhere during the few hours between mandatory headcounts and gave strict orders to stay inside at night, it would be fair to say that you were in detention.