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Fighting for human rights has a price: Parashat “Shmot”

1 Comment 10 January 2012

Demonstration for social justice, Hatikva neighborhood, Tel Aviv, Isreal, 07.01.2012. Israeli border policemen detain activists during a demonstration in which Hundreds of people called for housing rights for all and blocked roads in the southern neighborhood of Tel Aviv on Saturday, January 7, 2012. 45 people were arrested by the police. Eviction of the 16 families living in Hatikva tent camp, without a proper housing solution are expected to be evacuated soon.cc: flickr. Photo by: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org
 Demonstration for social justice, Hatikva neighborhood, Tel Aviv, Israel, 07.01.2012 – Israeli border policemen detain activists during a demonstration in which Hundreds of people called for housing rights for all and blocked roads in the southern neighborhood of Tel Aviv. 45 people were arrested by the police. Eviction of the 16 families living in Hatikva tent camp, without a proper housing solution are expected to be evacuated soon.cc: flickr. Photo by: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org

Weekly commentary by Rabbis for Human Rights: Parshat “Shmot

Fighting for human rights has a price: Last Thursday Rabbi Arik Ascherman found himself in court because he tried to help families in Bir El Id. But this will not stop our demand for a universal and Jewish realization of human rights for all. Shabbat Shalom.

Exodus begins with the story of the 12 tribes in Egypt, and every time we read it we impressed again from by the actors and the events of this parasha. Rabbi Maurisio Balter invite you to join him with a different reading of the text through the examination of the main characters, observe the Egyptian society and mainly by examining the way of treating the “other.

When ignorance, prejudice and cheap mystics mixed together the result is a joke on Judaism – a new post, written by Rabbi Kobbi Weiss on women’s exclusion. We recommend joining Maabara – the site of the social struggle in Jerusalem (Hebrew). We participated this week in the Hatikva protest against the destruction of the encampment there and we also participated in an activity for the refugees. On Monday we became to know that Viki Vanunu from the Jerusalem encampment spent the night in hospital as a result of the police beating during the demonstration in Hatikva neighborhood.

The Civil Administration blocked the access to the Bedouin community in Chan EL Achmar to the main road this week (Hebrew). Chan El Achmar is located in Mishor Adumim, in C area in the West Bank. The only direct way for vehicles is through a far Bedouin community. In another community, Bir El Id in South Hebron Hills, the residents received demolition orders. The Palestinian farmers of El Jenia and Sara didn’t receive a new permit to finish their olive harvest and that leads to uncertain future.

On last Thursday Rabbi Arik Ascherman stood to trial in the Magistrate Court in Jerusalem. Rabbi Ascherman was accused of disturbing a public officer – blocking soldiers’ way in South Hebron Hills when he tried to help a Palestinian human rights activist to get to Bir El Id. In addition, last Friday, we held a protest prayer against the plan of building a national park. This plan will limit the development of the villages of Isawia and A-Tur and in also may cause the demolition of houses in these villages (all this because the park will expand into a built up area. You can read about it in Haaretz and Solidarity Sheich Jarrah sites and watch photos from Rabbi Arik Ascherman Facebook album). We established an activity group in order to prevent the building of the park. We will update soon. The hearing of the Ruweidi family from Silwan was postponed from January 12th to February 27th at 09:30. We think it is good news and maybe we will succeed in our struggle.

Knesset approves illegal migrants’ bill: Bill which will allow authorities to hold illegal migrants for up to three years without trial, jail those assisting illegal migrants for up to 15 years passes second, third readings (Ynet). A week ago we did sent a special letter to Members of Knesset with a Jewish, humane request to save the refugees who knock on the doors of the State of Israel.

The Jahalin’s struggle got to the Yarkon Seventy news program (Hebrew). Rabbi Barry Leff writes in his blog on the connection between happiness and the Torah. The attitude of the JNF to the Samarin family was exposed on twitter, an article by Noam Shizaf in 972 Magazine. Hear RHR’s Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann talk about the increasing and dangerous “price tag” incidents on an Australian news program.

  • January 16th 2012 – A protest against Negev Bedouin displacement– at 15:30, the weekly protest in Lehavim junction.
  • January 17th 2012 – Demonstration of residents of Issawiyah and A Tur protesting the establishment of a “National Park” on the little land left to them.  Tuesday 17.1.12 at 16:00 at Safra Square, Jerusalem.
  • January 18th 2012Join the launching of the Knesset lobby for public housing. We are a part of the coalition that initiated this and we are also preparing bills for improving the situation. We call all the homeless, the people who are entitled to public housing and anyone who wants to join us in the coalition. We have a place for 120 poeple. please call our office and register: 02-6482757.

Other organization (we are not responsible for the contents):

  • A protest, organized by “Israeli Children“, was attended by about 250 people. The protesters chanted against the “revolving door” policy employed by the Israeli government, which gives out new permits for migrant laborers while deporting migrants who dare to have children in Israel. Chants (in order of their appearance): “Keep the migrants, deport the ministers”, “For every worker who is deported, [Minister of Interior Eli] Yishai brings a new one”

Shabbat Shalom

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