B'TSELEM (The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories)


  • “B'TSELEM - The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories was established in 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members. It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel.
  • B'Tselem in Hebrew literally means “in the image of,” and is also used as a synonym for human dignity. The word is taken from Genesis 1:27 “And God created humans in his image. In the image of God did He create him.” It is in this spirit that the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “All human beings are born equal in dignity and rights.”
  • As an Israeli human rights organization, B'Tselem acts primarily to change Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories and ensure that its government, which rules the Occupied Territories, protects the human rights of residents there and complies with its obligations under international law.
  • B'Tselem is independent and is funded by contributions from foundations in Europe and North America that support human rights activity worldwide, and by private individuals in Israel and abroad.
  • B'Tselem has attained a prominent place among human rights organizations. In December, 1989 it received the Carter-Menil Award for Human Rights. Its reports have gained B'Tselem a reputation for accuracy, and the Israeli authorities relate to them seriously. B'Tselem ensures the reliability of information it publishes by conducting its own fieldwork and research, the results of which are thoroughly cross-checked with relevant documents, official government sources, and information from other sources, among them Israeli, Palestinian, and other human rights organizations”. 1)




Legal status


  • Board Members:
  1. Co-chairs: David Kretzmer, Professor of Law, Faculty of Law and School of Public Policy, Hebrew University, and Gila Svirsky, Co-founder of Coalition of Women for a Just Peace
  2. Neta Amar: Lawyer, Legal Advisor for IHL Project, Diakonia and Staff Attorney for Rabbis for Human Rights
  3. Anat Biletzki, Professor of Philosophy, Tel-Aviv University
  4. Orna Ben-Naftaly, Head of the Law and Culture Division and the International Law Division, the Law School, the College of Management Academic Studies.
  5. Menachem Fisch: Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science, Tel-Aviv University and Senior Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute
  6. Tamar Hermann: Dean of Academic Studies, the Open University of Israel, and Senior Research Fellow, the Israel Democracy Institute.
  7. Amnon Kapeliouk: Journalist, Le Monde Diplomatique
  8. Peretz Kidron: Journalist and Translator
  9. Menachem Klein: Lecturer in Political Science, Bar Ilan University
  10. Victor Lederfarb: Financial Administrator, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel
  11. David Neuhaus: Jesuit Priest, Reverend, Lecturer in Religious Studies at Bethlehem University and Seminary of the Holy Land in Beit Jala
  12. Danny Rubinstein: Journalist, Ha'aretz Newspaper;
  13. Alla Shainskaya: Senior Staff Scientist, Weizmann Institute of Science
  14. Ronny Talmor: Author and editor
  15. Oren Yiftachel: professor of political geography and urban planning, Ben-Gurion University
  16. Rayef Zreik: Co-founder of Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Tel-Aviv University
  • Staff
  1. Executive Director: Jessica Montell,
  2. Research Department : Yael Stein, Researcher Director; Ofir Feuerstein, Researcher; Eyal Hareuveni, Researcher
  3. Data Coordination Department: Ronen Shimoni, Data Coordination Director; Antigona Ashkar, Data Coordinator; Suhair Abdi-Habiballah, Statistics Coordinator; Maayan Geva, Data Coordinator; Noam Preiss, Data Coordinator;
  4. Fieldwork Department: Najib Abu Rokaya, Fieldwork Director; Musa Abu Hashhash, Field Researcher, Hebron District; Atef Abu a-Rub, Field Researcher, Jenin District; 'Issa 'Amro, Field Researcher, Hebron City; Khaled 'Azayzeh, Field Researcher, The Gaza Strip; Salma a-Deb'i, Field Researcher, Nablus District; Iyad Hadad, Field Researcher, Ramallah District; Kareem Issa Jubran, Field Researcher, East Jerusalem; Ra'aed Moqdi, Field Researcher, Qalqiliya-Salfit District; 'Abd al-Karim Sa'adi, Field Researcher, Qalqiliya-Tulkarm District; Muhammad Sabah, Field Researcher, The Gaza Strip; Suha Zeid, Field Researcher, Bethlehem District.
  5. Communications Department Sarit Michaeli, Communications Director; Baha Alyan, Arabic Website and Video Editor; Michelle Bubis, Editor; Lin Chalozin-Dovrat, Campaign Coordinator; Shirly Eran, Webmaster; Yoav Gross, Video coordinator; Asaf Peled, “Shooting back” project coordinator; Melissa Schwab, International Relations Assistant; Zvi Shulman, English Translator; Oren Yakobovich, Video Director; Risa Zoll, International Relations Director
  6. Administration Department: Ety Dry, Office Manager; Ahlam Khatib, Secretary; Tamar Gonen, Secretary. 2)


In addition to hundreds of individual donors in Israel and abroad, B'Tselem benefits from the support of3):

  1. British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  2. Christian Aid (UK)
  3. Commission of the European Communities
  4. DanChurchAid (Denmark)
  5. Diakonia (Sweden)
  6. Development Coorporation Ireland (DCI)
  7. EED (Germany)
  8. Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
  9. Ford Foundation (USA)
  10. Foundation for Middle East Peace
  11. ICCO (Netherlands)
  12. International Commission of Jurists-Swedish Section
  13. Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation
  14. New Israel Fund (Israel)
  15. Norwegian Foreign Ministry
  16. Shefa Fund
  17. SIVMO (Netherlands)
  18. Stichting Het Solidaritetsfonds (Netherlands)
  19. Trocaire (Ireland)



  • Address: 8 HaTa'asiya St. (4th Floor), Jerusalem - Israel
  • Mailing address: B'Tselem, The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories - P.O. Box 53132 - Jerusalem 91531
  • Tel: 972-2-6735599
  • Fax: 972-2-6749111
  • Email: mail@btselem.org


  • September 24, 2008 : B'Tselem launches its new U.S. office at a reception on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. 4)
  • January 19, 2008 Israeli soldiers assault and arrest Issa ‘Amro, a B'Tselem fieldworker, in Hebron. ‘Amro is arrested while filming a disturbance by settlers in the Wadi Hsein neighborhood in East Hebron 5).
  • 2002: B’Tselem released thirteen new publications during this year. “All publications were produced in both Hebrew and English and distributed to the more than 8,000 individuals and organizations on B’Tselem’s mailing list, including government and military officials, academics, diplomats, non-governmental organizations, journalists, and interested individuals”. 6)
  • 1998 first issue of the B'Tselem Journal
  • December, 1989 : B'Tselem receives the Carter-Menil Award for Human Rights.
  • 1989 : creation of B'Tselem

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