Hagai El-Ad is an Israeli human rights activist and the executive director of B'Tselem. He is the former executive director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) and is also a blogger at The Huffington Post.
El-Ad was the first executive director of the Jerusalem Open House (JOH), the community and advocacy center for the city's LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community.
Netanyahu didn't invent the idea of leveraging the Holocaust for political gain. Yet he is taking even that low to new depths, stripping Palestinians of basic human rights in the name of the survivors of the Holocaust
As long as life in Gaza is governed by Israeli drones, artillery and snipers, this cruelty will continue to kill bodies there – and souls here too
The fate of the inhabitants of Khan al-Ahmar is being used in the election campaign as a political pawn by the right-center camp, which is pushing hard for their expulsion. Incitement to a war crime? Absolutely
A disgrace is when during protests over the past months, Israeli snipers killed three 11-year-old children in the Gaza Strip. It is a disgrace that a Palestinian cannot know whether they can go abroad, or receive medical care, or work their land
Israel has a fail-safe, copy-paste system for whitewashing the military's killing of civilians. Who knew there was a family or two nearby?
Opinion I Am Not Allowed to Speak to Children in Israeli Schools. Even More Worrying, These People Can
B'Tselem Executive Director Hagai El-Ad says attempts to silence Israelis speaking out about the occupation are ultimately doomed to failure, but only if the international community refuses to accept it
Without a legal system prepared to supply a veneer of decency, Israel couldn’t do what it inflicts on Palestinians
Israeli freedom of speech is being called into question, and that's pretty ironic
Israel's whitewashing machine did not surprise us: The soldier who riddled a 15-year-old boy with bullets won't be prosecuted
The Palestinian girl is not a citizen of a democratic country; Israeli law does not apply in the West Bank. What avenue does she have left except revolutionary action against the tyrannical regime that controls her life?
After 50 years, one of the occupation's new innovations is doing things out in the open
An entire army of politicians and judges, PR flacks and diplomats, prison guards and Shin Bet security service agents, police officers and soldiers, bureaucrats and clerks is invested in the occupation. And still, Netanyahu is afraid.
UN resolution 2334 isn't just another piece of paper. It requires the international community itself to actively distinguish between Israel and the settlements. This time, inaction is complicity.
Israel and the occupation are not the same thing yet. Israelis must listen to the wake-up call voiced in New York | Opinion
There is no chance Israeli society, of its own volition and without any help, will end the nightmare. Too many mechanisms insulate the violence we conduct in order to control the Palestinians.
The campaign against human rights activists? That is nowhere as frightening as the occupation, of indifference to injustice, sanctimoniousness and passing shock.
Insisting on due process in cases of demolition of terrorists' houses obscures the fact that this practice has across-the-board support.
When it is not documented on video, Palestinian suffering interests almost no one in Israel. And when it is documented, it is repressed as a conspiracy.
An array of NGOs, including NGO Monitor, are advancing an assault on Israeli democracy in lockstep with the government, attempting to establish a specific state ideology as a loyalty test against which everyone and everything should be judged.
What sort of society do we live in?