Last updated on: 9/23/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

B'Tselem Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“Where does B’Tselem stand on a two-state solution?

B’Tselem’s primary goal is to promote Israel’s adherence to human rights and international humanitarian law as it applies to Israel’s conduct in the Occupied Territories. We support all policies that would substantially decrease or end the violations of human rights under the Occupation. We do not weigh in on political matters, except to comment on their implications for human rights.”

“About B’Tselem,” www.btselem.org (accessed Sep. 23, 2015)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“B’Tselem -- The Israeli 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.'”

“About B’Tselem,” B’Tselem website (accessed May 3, 2005)

Mission:

“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.”

“About B’Tselem,” B’Tselem website (accessed May 3, 2005)

Other:
Human Rights Organization
Quoted in:
  1. Is Water Equitably Distributed throughout Israel and the Palestinian Territories?
  2. What Are the Israeli Settlements in the Palestinian Territories?