Middle East and North Africa
Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories:
Abuses During Violent Clashes

Recent Documents
Israel - Lebanon Conflict, 2006

  • Razing Rafah: Mass Home Demolitions in the Gaza Strip
    Report, October 18, 2004
  • Israel: West Bank Barrier Endangers Basic Rights  (Français)
    Press Release, October 1, 2003
  • Israel/PA/United States: Roadmap Needs Rights Component
    Press Release, June 3, 2003

  • The "Roadmap": Repeating Oslo's Human Rights Mistakes
    Briefing Paper, May, 2003

  • Israel and the Occupied Territories: International Rights Groups Decry Increased Harassment of Monitors
    Press Release, May 27, 2003

  • Israel/PA: Roadmap Fails Rights Test
    Press Release, May 8, 2003

  • Israel: Stop Using Flechettes in Gaza
    Press Release, April 29, 2003

  • An Unfinished Assignment for Israelis
    Commentary, February 21, 2003

  • Briefing to the 59th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights on Israel/Occupied Territories
    Background Briefing, February 14, 2003

  • Israel/PA: Suicide Bombers Commit Crimes Against Humanity
    Press Release, November 1, 2002

  • Gaza: IDF House Demolition Injures Refugees
    Press Release, October 24, 2002

  • Israel/PA: Hamas Must End Civilian Attacks
    Press Release, August 7, 2002

  • Israeli Airstrike on Crowded Civilian Area Condemned
    Press Release, July 23, 2002

  • Jerusalem Bus Atrocity Condemned
    Press Release, June 19, 2002

  • Israel: Decision to Stop Use of "Human Shields" Welcomed
    Press Release, May 10, 2002

  • Israel/PA: Armed Groups Should Halt Attacks on Civilians
    Press Release, May 9, 2002

  • Israel/Occupied Territories: Jenin War Crimes Investigation Needed
    Press Release, May 3, 2002

  • Israel, The Occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian Authority Territories
    Jenin: IDF Military Operations
    Report , May 3, 2002

  • Live from Jenin (Online Chat on Washington Post)
    April 26, 2002

  • Israel: Decision to Block U.N. Inquiry Condemned
    April 24, 2002

  • Israel: Don't Coerce Civilians to Do Army's Work
    April 18, 2002

  • In a Dark Hour: The Use of Civilians During IDF Arrest Operations
    Report, April 2002  (Also availabe in
    Français  Hebrew  Arabic )

  • Israel: Allow Access to Jenin Camp
    April 15, 2002

  • Joint Statement Given in Jerusalem with Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists
    April 7, 2002

  • Israel/Palestinian Authority: Protect Civilians, Allow Independent Reporting
    April 3, 2002

  • Oral Statement at the 58th Session of the Commission on Human Rights on April 2

  • Israel: Cease Attacking Medical Personnel
    March 9, 2002

  • Israel: Opportunistic Law Condemned
    March 7, 2002

  • U.S. State Department Rights Reports Critique
    March 4, 2002

  • Israeli Schools Separate, Not Equal
    December 5, 2001

  • Palestinian Authority: End Torture and Unfair Trials
    November 30, 2001

  • U.S.: Rights Not "Optional" in Israel/Palestinian Peace Process
    November 16, 2001

  • Israel/Palestinian Authority: Call on Islamic Jihad to Stop Civilian Killings
    November 8, 2001     Press Release

  • Palestinian Authority: Inquiry into Student Deaths Essential
    October 11, 2001     Press Release

  • Palestinian Suicide Attack Condemned
    August 9, 2001

  • PA: Arafat Urged to Commute Death Sentence
    August 9, 2001

  • Israel: Palestinian Academic Rights Violated
    July 14, 2001

  • Israel: Dart Shells Pose Civilian Threat
    June 16, 2001

  • Israel/Palestinian Authority: Discotheque Bombing Condemned
    June 4, 2001

  • Resolution and Recommendation Concerning the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - An Open Letter to the Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
    April 24, 2001

  • Universal Standard, Letter to the Editor , Ha'aretz Daily, April 18, 2001

  • Mounting Human Rights Crisis in Hebron
    April 11, 2001

  • Question of the violation of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine
    Human Rights Watch Oral Intervention at the 57th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights
    March 28, 2001

  • Palestinian Attacks on Civilians Condemned
    March 28, 2001

  • Israel/Palestinian Authority: International Monitoring Presence Needed
    March 28, 2001

  • Palestinian Authority: Death In Suspicious Circumstances
    March 2, 2001

  • Israel/Palestine: Armed Attacks on Civilians Condemned
    February 21, 2001

  • Israel Must Investigate Minibus Killing
    February 14, 2001

  • Palestinian Authority: Commute Death Sentence
    February 12, 2001

  • Palestinian Authority: Halt Executions
    January 31, 2001

  • Israel: End "Liquidations" of Palestinian Suspects
    January 29, 2001

  • Text of the letter sent to Prime Minister Barak
    January 29, 2001

  • Israel, Palestinian Leaders Should Guarantee Right of Return as Part of Comprehensive Refugee Solution
    December 22, 2000

  • Human Rights Watch Urges Attention to Future of Palestinian Refugees
    To Israeli Prime Minister Barak
    To Chairman Yasser Arafat
    Human Rights Watch Letters
    December 22, 2000

  • Israel/Palestinian Authority: Gaza Bus Bombing Condemned
    November 21, 2000

  • UN Should Monitor Rights in West Bank, Gaza
    November 14, 2000

  • Suspend Helicopter Sale to Israel
    A Joint Letter to Madeleine K. Albright
    October 18, 2000

  • Research Shows Israeli Pattern of Excessive Force
    Octobter 17, 2000  In Arabic

  • Independent Inquiry Needed in Israeli-Palestinian Bloodshed
    October 7, 2000

  • Israel / Palestinian Authority: Restraint Urged
    October 4, 2000

  • The Israeli Army and the Intifada
    Policies that Contribute to the Killings
    Human Rights Watch Report, 1990

  • Human Rights Developments - Israel, the Occupied West Bank & Gaza Strip, and Palestinian Authority Territories
    HRW World Report 2000

  • Fariyaal Abu Hamaad’s home in the Brazil neighborhood of Rafah was destroyed by an IDF bulldozer on May 20, 2004 (Photo: Fred Abrahams/Human Rights Watch).
    Photo Essay: Patterns in the Rubble—Mass Home Demolitions in the Gaza Strip

    Special Report

    HRW Report - Erased in a Moment: Suicide Bombing Attacks against Israeli Civilians
    Erased in a Moment: Suicide Bombing Attacks against Israeli Civilians

    Photos Gallery

    Jenin: IDF Military Operations
    Jenin: IDF Military Operations

    Photos from Jenin

    "The abuses we documented in Jenin are extremely serious, and in some cases appear to be war crimes. Criminal investigations are needed to ascertain individual responsibility for the most serious violations. Such investigations are first and foremost the duty of the Israeli government, but the international community needs to ensure that meaningful accountability occurs."
    Israel/Occupied Territories: Jenin War Crimes Investigation Needed
    May 3, 2002
    “It doesn´t matter whether you call it resistance, self-defense, or a war against terror. No political or security objective can justify targeting and punishing the civilian population of an adversary”
    Israel/Palestinian Authority: Protect Civilians, Allow Independent Reporting
    April 3, 2002
    Center of the Storm: A Case Study of Human Rights Abuses in Hebron District
    Human Rights Watch Report, April 2001

    English - Complete Report   View online as HTML or Download as PDF

    Hebrew - Summary and Recommendations Download as MS-Word File or PDF

    Arabic - Summary and Recommendations Download as RTF

    Investigation into Unlawful Use of Force in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Northern Israel
    (October 4 through October 11)
    Human Rights Watch Report, October 2000

    Introduction  Recommendations
    In Arabic

    Israel/Palestinian Authority: International Monitors a Must July 6, 2001

    Palestinians, blocked from entering the mosque in the closed Hebron market, pray in the streets on March 13, 2001 following days of skirmishes between Palestinians and Israeli settlers.