Israel, Gaza, and Monitoring Human Rights

Monitoring human rights during wartime is a particularly daunting challenge, since the message and the messenger are often greeted by a hostile audience.

B’tselem, Israel’s leading human rights organization, has for years led the way in monitoring and reporting on the state of human rights in the West Bank, Israel and Gaza. Since the Israeli army commenced Operation Protective Edge in July, many have praised the organization’s attempts to humanize the dead and to fact-check both the Israeli army and Hamas evenhandedly. Others have called them traitors.


Lisa Goldman was a fellow in the International Security Program. Prior to relocating to New York City in 2012, she lived and worked for over a decade in the Middle East, covering Israel-Palestine and the immediate region, including the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict and the 2011 Egyptian uprising.