Video: Youth Used as Human Shields in Balata Camp

The Fourth Geneva Convention states that “The presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations” and in 2005 the Israeli High Court ruled that “You cannot exploit the civilian population for the army’s military needs, and you cannot force them to collaborate with the army.” However, this video shot in Balata Refugee Camp on 11 April 2007 makes it clear that Israeli occupation forces are still employing this illegal tactic, placing the Palestinian civilian population at great risk.

Related Links

  • HRW: “Israel: Stop forcing civilians to assist military operations”, Human Rights Watch (16 March 2007)
  • Nablus Invasion Diary II: Human Shields and Medical Obstruction, Anna Baltzer writing from Nablus (14 March 2007)
  • Israeli soldiers use two Palestinian minors as human shields, B’Tselem (9 March 2007)
  • Video: Interview with child taken as human shield in Nablus, Research Journalism Initiative and A-Films (7 March 2007)