Focus: Reports expose more questions on B´Tselem´s credibility
A series of reports by Yehonatan D´choach-Halevy have challenged the credibility of B´Tselem´s statistics regarding Palestinians killed by the Israeli army. According to his October 26, 2008 analysis, focusing on 2007 and based on a 67-page detailed research summary of B´Tselem´s list, the figures contain omissions, distortions and errors, including incomplete information on affiliation with terrorist organizations, participation in terrorist attacks, and other suspicious activities.
He also published a second report on 38 individuals that are listed as “Name unknown to B´Tselem,” some even six years after their deaths. According to D´choach-Halevy, this belies B´Tselem´s claims of rigorous field research. In another report, he notes discrepancies and contradictions between testimonials taken from “witnesses” by B´Tselem, and versions of events published in newspapers and other media sources.
This follows CAMERA criticism of B´Tselem´s statistics as “deceptive” and “untrustworthy.”