Human rights reports on Israel-Palestine (regularly updated)

Human rights reports on Israel-Palestine (regularly updated)

Because of Israel’s abusive policies, the human rights situation in Palestine and for Palestinians is alarming. (Pictured: a child in Gaza City. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images.)

Through the years, numerous humanitarian organizations have produced detailed reports on the situation in Israel-Palestine. Below are some of them.

– By IAK Staff

While both the Israeli and Palestinian governments have committed human rights violations, the Israeli abuses have been far more numerous, significant, and causative.

Moreover, many Israeli abuses are directly connected with Israel’s decades-long military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, theft of Palestinian land, and imprisoning of Palestinians behind a barrier – all of which violate international law – as documented in the reports below.

In addition, it is important to remember that Israel was established in 1948 through a war of ethnic cleansing, as an Israeli historian and many others have documented. It is also important to be aware that Israel’s claim that it is in danger from Palestinian attacks is also inaccurate.

U.S. media, however, rarely report these facts.

For example, in the years 2000-2007, humanitarian organizations published 76 reports documenting Israeli human rights abuses, and four reports documenting Palestinian abuses. The New York Times reported on two of each.

The relative quantity, chronology, and circumstances of the deaths (documented here) among both populations reflect the disproportionate power of the Israeli military over Palestinian resistance groups. Again, we find, the U.S. media regularly distort this reality.

This sampling of yearly fatality statistics illustrates the asymmetry:

  • At least 149 Palestinians (34 children) and 14 Israelis (2 children) were killed by someone from the other side in 2019.
  • At least 290 Palestinians (55 children) and 14 Israelis (0 children) were killed by someone from the other side in 2018.
  • At least 96 Palestinians (20 of them children) and 17 Israelis were killed by someone from the other side in 2017.
  • At least 115 Palestinians (36 of them children) and 12 Israelis (1 of them a child) were killed by someone from the other side in 2016.
  • At least 192 Palestinians and 25 Israelis were killed by someone from the other side in 2015.
  • At least 2,285 Palestinians and 84 Israelis were killed by someone from the other side in 2014.
  • See a detailed timeline of Palestinians and Israelis killed since 2000 here.

Below are a few of the multitude of reports documenting the situation for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza; a few address the situation for Palestinians within Israel itself. We will add new reports as they become available. Please check back often:

Save the Children: Trapped–The Impact of 15 years of blockade on the mental health of Gaza’s children (June 2022)

Harvard Law School/Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association: Apartheid in the Occupied West Bank: A Legal Analysis of Israel’s Action demonstrates in a short report that Israel practices apartheid (report here).

Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights: Parallel report for Israel’s fifth periodic review by the UN Human Rights Committee (April 4, 2022).

Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME): Who Is Talking About Israeli Apartheid? – a list (not exhaustive) of notable organizations and individuals who have recently adopted, or expressed openness toward, the terminology of Israeli apartheid.

United Nations Human Rights Council: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 (March 2022).

Amnesty International: ISRAEL’S APARTHEID AGAINST PALESTINIANS (2022)

Defense for Children International-Palestine: 2021 is deadliest year for Palestinian children since 2014 (December 2021)

Military Court Watch: Israeli Solitary Confinement of Children (December 7, 2021) “Palestinian children have been forcibly transferred from the West Bank to prisons inside Israel for 54 years and subjected to solitary confinement during interrogation for at least 30 years, possibly much longer. To date there has been no accountability.”

“Since the Second World War, the transfer of civilians, including detainees, out of occupied territory has been prohibited under the Fourth Geneva Convention.”

UNICEF states: “In no circumstances whatsoever should a child be held in solitary confinement.”

“Since January 2019 there has been a surge in the use of solitary confinement in cases involving children with the evidence disclosing a rate of 19.7 percent between 2019 and May 2021, with the trend continuing to rise. It is estimated that at this current rate, between 100 to 200 children are now being held in solitary confinement each year…..” Read more – More information here.

Airwars, a UK-based nonprofit that tracks and documents civilian harm in conflict zones:Why did they bomb us?” Urban civilian harm in Gaza, Syria and Israel from explosive weapons use” (December 2021)

Airwars, a UK-based nonprofit that tracks and documents civilian harm in conflict zones:  Map of Civilian Casualties in Gaza, May 10th–20th 2021

B’Tselem, the Israeli Info Center for Human Rights in the oPt: Unwilling and Unable: Israel’s Whitewashed Investigations of the Great March of Return Protests (December 2021) (summary here)

B’Tselem, the Israeli Info Center for Human Rights in the oPt: State Business: Israel’s misappropriation of land in the West Bank through settler violence (November 2021)

Defense for Children International-Palestine: No Way to Treat a Child (ongoing)

OCHA: monthly and bi-weekly reports from Palestine (covering various humanitarian issues – ongoing)

Human Rights Watch: Israel/Palestine: Facebook censors discussion of rights issues (October 2021)

B’Tselem, the Israeli Info Center for Human Rights in the oPt: Soldiers Hold Your Fire: On unlawful gunfire against protesters in the Return Marches in Gaza (June 2018, updated October 2021)

Human Rights Watch: Apparent war crimes by Israel during May 2021 attack on Gaza (July 2021)

ICAHD (Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions): Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes, a fact sheet (April 2021)

Physicians for Human Rights: Israel’s vaccine discrimination against Palestinians must end (March 2021)

No Way to Treat a Child: Report: Isolated and Alone (December 2020)

UN: No Thanksgiving for the Palestinian children of Gaza: Israelis deprived them of $16.7B, potable water (November 2020)

Yesh Din, Physicians for Human Rights, Breaking the Silence: A Life Exposed: military invasions of Palestinian homes in the West Bank (November 2020)

World Health Organization: Health conditions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (November 2020)

UN expert: Israel’s collective punishment of Palestinians illegal and an affront to justice (July 2020)

Yesh Din, Israeli human rights organization: The Occupation of the West Bank and the Crime of Apartheid: Legal Opinion (July 2020)

Human Rights Watch: Israel: Discriminatory Land Policies Hem in Palestinians (May 2020)

ICRC: Urgent intervention needed to protect Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli prisons from COVID-19 exposure (April 2020)

B’Tselem, the Israeli Info Center for Human Rights in the oPt: Shoot and abandon: 155 amputees and 27 paralyzed in two years: How Israel punishes those who dare protest the siege of the Gaza Strip (January 2020)

Human Rights Watch: 92 page report: Israeli suspension of Palestinian rights is unlawful & unjustifiable (December 2019)

UN: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 (October 2019)

B’Tselem, the Israeli Info Center for Human Rights in the oPt: Fake Justice: the responsibility Israel’s High Court justices bear for demolition of Palestinian homes and dispossession of Palestinians (February 2019)

Euro Med Monitor for Human Rights: Jerusalem: 477 Israeli violations in August (September 2019)

Amnesty Int’l: Israel discriminatory measures undermine Palestinian representation in Knesset (September 2019)

OCHA: Humanitarian Snapshot: casualties in the context of demonstrations and hostilities in Gaza, March 30 2018 – July 31 2019 (August 2019)

OCHA: Gaza Strip: early warning indicators (July 2019)

B’Tselem, the Israeli Info Center for Human Rights in the oPt: Conquer and Divide interactive map (June 2019)

B’Tselem, the Israeli Info Center for Human Rights in the oPt: After a year of protests in Gaza: 11 Military Police investigations, 1 charade (2019)

Defense for Children International-Palestine: Military Detention (2019)

Defense for Children Int’l-Palestine: Palestine year in review: 2018 rained deadly force on Palestinian children (December 2018)

Reporters Without Borders: RSF asks ICC to investigate Israeli sniper fire on Palestinian journalists (May 2018)

B’Tselem, the Israeli Info Center for Human Rights in the oPt: If the heart be not callous: On the unlawful shooting of unarmed demonstrators in Gaza (April 2018) (summary here)

B’Tselem, the Israeli Info Center for Human Rights in the oPt: Minors in Jeopardy: violation of the rights of Palestinian minors by Israel’s military courts (March 2018)

Red Cross: Israel: record low in Gaza medical permits (February 2018)

Christian Aid: Christian Aid condemns the killing of our partner volunteer in Gaza (2018)

Human Rights Watch: Israel: 50 Years of occupation abuses (June 2017)

Amnesty International: ‘Black Friday’: carnage in Rafah during 2014 Israel/Gaza conflict (July 2015)

Unicef: Children in Israeli military detention (February 2015)

National Lawyers Guild: NLG Palestine Subcommittee submits report to ICC refuting Israeli self-defense claim (February 2015)

Defense for Children Int’l-Palestine: Palestinian children being used as human shields (February 2015)

Amnesty International: Let’s be clear – Israel’s long-running settlement policy constitutes a war crime (August 2013)

Red Cross: ICRC says Israel’s Gaza blockade breaks law (June 2010)

Human Sciences Research Center of South Africa: Is Israel an Apartheid State? Rhetoric or Reality (March 2010)

UN: Human Rights in Palestine and Other Occupied Arab Territories: Report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict (September 2009)

U.S. State Department: U.S. says Israel may have violated cluster bomb use (January 2007)

Foreign Service Journal: Special Report: Israel’s treatment of Americans (June 2002)

National Institutes of Health: Cases of child malnutrition double in Gaza because of blockade (March 2002)


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