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B’Tselem has lodged a complaint with the Israel Police over the fact that Hebron Police officers prevented a volunteer working with the organization, ‘Imad Abu Shamsiyeh, from filing a complaint regarding death threats he has been receiving ever since he documented the killing of ‘Abd al-Fatah a-...

Video for Social Impact at Myanmar Tech Camps

By c5 on Thu, 09/01/2016 - 23:05
July was a busy month for EngageMedia in Myanmar as there were two technology camps that I had to attend as a speaker and trainer. These were the Pyay Barcamp and Tech Camp 2016 in Mandalay.
At about 3:00 P.M. on 10 August 2016, a fight broke out between Palestinian and settler children in the Old City of Hebron. Border Police forces broke up the fight and detained two of the Palestinian children, boys aged eight and 12.Karam Maswadeh, the father of one of the boys, spoke with B’Tselem...
¿El espacio público digital debe tener límites?¿quién define hoy lo que se puede expresar y ver, y...

The Right To Be Forgotten at APrIGF 2016

By c5 on Tue, 08/30/2016 - 19:55
On 27 July 2016 Israeli security forces killed Muhammad al-Faqih in the village of Surif, south of Bethlehem. According to the Israel Security Agency (ISA), Al-Faqih fired at the troops from the house in which he was hiding. The Israeli security forces suspected Al-Faqih of carrying out the...
“If we spend a certain amount of time using the Internet, we have to spend a little proportion of...
Approximately 1.8 million people live in the Gaza Strip. After almost a decade of siege and repeated rounds of bombardments, the economic situation is on the verge of collapse. The unemployment rate is one of the highest in the world, civilian infrastructure is in ruins, water supply is...

Dispatch from Rio: Part 2

By c5 on Sat, 08/20/2016 - 22:03
This is part two of a series of reports on Muitrão Rio 2016. Read part one here. Leer en español. In week two of the Mutirão of Independent Media we experienced a range of emotions as dramatic and winding as the staircases lining the hillsides of Rio. Since the start of the Olympic Games, 26 people...
WITNESS has been working with allies in Rio at full force in the last two weeks, documenting the alternative social justice realities of the Rio Summer Olympic Games. In this blog, we highlight our work on livestream and eyewitness media curation through two related projects: our pilot of Mobil-...

The Future of Protecting Journalists

By c5 on Fri, 08/19/2016 - 15:50
The following are some reflections of mine after attending a dialogue titled, ‘Secure the News: A Dialogue on How to Protect the Future of Journalism’ at RightsCon 2016.
The Palestinian village of Beit Iksa lies northwest of Jerusalem, within the West Bank but outside the municipal jurisdiction of Jerusalem. Over the years, land surrounding the village and some plots of land owned by villagers were seized for the establishment of Ramot Alon, a settlement that...

Consejos para hacer sexting seguro

By c5 on Wed, 08/17/2016 - 06:38
Nos reunimos Luchadoras TV, El País y SocialTIC  para compartir consejos para hacer sexting seguro....
Footage of the August 2016 demolition of a residential structure built with EU aid in Um al-Kheir, a Palestinian community in the South Hebron Hills. The number of homes Israel demolished in the West Bank from Jan. to Aug. 2016 is the highest it has been since B’Tselem began recording demolitions...
Footage of the wreckage left behind by Israeli authorities’ Aug. 2016 demolitions in three Palestinian West Bank communities. The number of homes Israel demolished in the West Bank from Jan. to Aug. 2016 is the highest it has been since B’Tselem began recording demolitions that cite “construction...
This is part one of a series of reports on Muitrão Rio 2016. Read part two here. Leer en español This week activists from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Paraguay, Guatemala, Peru, and the U.S. arrived in Rio to participate in the Mutirão of Independent Media, a project of media activists (...
{Leia esta carta em português aqui} Dear Alex Cuadros and New York Magazine, You bring up some good points in your article “The Worst Predictions About Rio Haven’t Come True. That Tells Us a Few Things About Brazil and the Media.”   But your own article also “tells us a few things about...
The spate of demolitions in the West Bank continues in full swing: in the past week and half, since the beginning of August 2016, Israel’s Civil Administration demolished 20 homes and 13 other structures in Palestinian communities throughout the West Bank, leaving 53 people – including 25 minors –...
Asiste a la proyección de documentales y charla sobre internet, tecnología y derechos digitales....

Closure of al-Fawwar R.C., July 2016

By c5 on Thu, 08/11/2016 - 18:15
In a measure of collective punishment, following attacks perpetrated by local Palestinians in early July, the Israeli military imposed strict travel restrictions on Palestinians in the Hebron District, disrupting the daily life and routine of nearly one million people. In al-Fawwar R.C., home to 10...
On 1 July 2016, following two attacks in which Palestinians killed two Israeli civilians and wounded others, the military imposed sweeping travel restrictions on all Palestinian communities in the Hebron District. The restrictions completely disrupted the lives of the district’s approximately 900,...
On 13 June 2016, Palestinian prisoner Bilal Kayed completed serving a prison sentence of 14½ years imposed after he was convicted of a series of offenses, including being a member in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and two counts of attempted manslaughter. Like any prisoner who...
At WITNESS we are all in on the power of video. After almost 25 years in existence, we’ve come to believe that how and why a video is created is just as important as what it captures. That’s why we’ve watched closely as military and police departments around the world have increasingly integrated...
On August 9, 2014, residents of the Canfield Green apartments in Ferguson, Missouri responded to the immediate aftermath Michael Brown’s death at the hands of police by taking to streets and to social media to express their disbelief and anger at what transpired. As Brown’s body lay uncovered...
On Tuesday, 19 July 2016, at around 6:00 P.M., 10-year-old Muhyi a-Din Muhammad Sudqi Sadeq a-Tabakhi was critically injured by a black sponge round fired by Israeli Border Police officers in the town of a-Ram, al-Quds District. The Palestinian boy, who lives in a-Ram, died shortly afterwards in...
We are in the moment of an explosion of opportunity and hype around the possibilities of the ‘wildfire’ of immersive media – the ‘empathy machines’ of virtual reality and the breathless urgency of personal live-streaming video via Facebook and Periscope.There has been a wave of recent...
In September 2012, Israeli security forces put up a chain-link fence along al-Ibrahimi Street in Hebron, separating the paved road from a narrow, rough walkway. Since then, B’Tselem has twice documented security forces denying Palestinians access to the paved road, despite official claims that...
Almost four years ago, on 23 September 2012, Israeli security forces erected a chain-link fence all along al-Ibrahimi Street, a major road in Hebron that passes close to the Tomb of the Patriarchs [al-Haram al-Ibrahimi], leaving the main road on one side of the fence, and a narrow, unpaved and...
Two months ago, Israeli security forces began enforcing significant travel restrictions on the 900,000 or so Palestinians who live in the Hebron District. The restrictions were imposed following two attacks perpetrated by Palestinians against Israelis in the area, in which 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa...
Of some 100,000 Palestinians who work in Israel daily, 63,000 have permits and enter Israel via one of 11 checkpoints. In June, during the fast of Ramadan, B’Tselem again documented the rough conditions at two of the checkpoints: 300 and Qalandia. While the latter has 5 lanes only one is...

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