Ha’aretz newspaper 16.7.12. Photo: Asaf Levi.
This week we witnessed a tragedy. Moshe Silman set fire to himself as part of the demonstration marking one year since the start of the protest. Ori Ben Dov, brother of Rabbi Idit Lev, has written a special post explaining Silman’s history. Rabbi Idit Lev warned the authorities more than six months’ ago. We join in and we publicize the demonstrations of anger, the protest and the prayers for the wellbeing of Silman.
The passage from a nomadic life requires new boundaries. Rabbi Benji Gruber sees in the state the new centre of Judaism, but in the state we need cities of refuge. Dvar Torah of Parashat Matot-Masaei.
On 17.7.2012, we invite all our friends to “A New Order: Public Housing: there is another way!” that will take place at the Knesset. We will participate in the lobby for public housing at the Knesset, together with the organizations for public housing, to push for new arrangements in public housing.
There was a meeting of solidarity and study with the Eritrean community in Jerusalem, next to the flat which was set on fire and the couple living there – admitted to hospital with severe burns. The meeting was organized by the forum Tag Meir and the community Kol Ha’Nishama and with the cooperation of activists from the Ethiopian community.
On Saturday evening (14.7), all over the country we marked one year since the outbreak of the social protest. We marched together with activists from the tent community and we set up a new encampment “We have no choice” in Jerusalem. You can watch the demonstration in this short film.
On Tuesday the 17th, RHR will be part of “A New Agenda for Public Housing,” in the Knesset. However, we know that nothing happens in the Knesset if nothing is happening on the street. So, let’s make sure that something is happening on the street!
We will remind the MK’s of the very same demands that will come up inside the Knesset as legislative proposals:
- Money. We need to invest in replenishing the supply and the upkeep of public housing.
- Eligibility. Instead of limiting criteria, eligibility for all whose income leaves them under the poverty line. Until there is enough housing, rent subsidies must ensure that those eligible don’t pay more than they would if they were in public housing.
- No Evictions if there is no alternative plan to make sure that evictees have a decent roof over their heads.
- Transparency in how rents are determined, eligibility for renovations and repairs, one’s place on the waiting lists, and how debts are determined.
- Respectful Treatment of tenants and prospective tenants. They are also created in God’s Image!
Economic and Social Justice
Meet: Rabbi Sigal Asher, the new director of the centre for the rights of the weak sections of the community of the Rabbis for Human Rights movement (located in Hadera). Rabbi Asher shows how earning a decent living and job security are basic and essential for a life of respect. She asks why these things are denied the contract workers at the Ministry of Education. The post was published first on the main protest website.
We are in the news
In recent days we have received quite a number of heart-rending appeals from readers who realized that Rabbis for Human Rights helped Moshe Silman, who set himself on fire for social justice. Here are several articles mentioning us in the media: Lawyer Becky Cohen-Keshet interviewed in “Ha’Aretz”, interviewed for ‘Haya Golan and Ben Caspit,”Noam from Reshet Bet, Globs, and Amir from YNET.
Rabbi Idit lev was mentioned on the news on Channel 2: The demonstrator who set himself on fire is in a critical condition; YNET: the collapse that caused the setting on fire:the story of Moshe Silman; The Marker, Israel Hayom, GLZ Radio with Yael Dan, Haaretz, Ipsnews, The story of Moshe Silman – the man who decided to “shock the country.” Rabbi Idit Lev will participate in the television program “Erev Hadash” and will tell the story of Moshe Silman; Orly Vilnai, Ha’Aretz; Globs; Rabbi Arik Ascherman is mentioned on “Walla“; Big News Network; Ynet News;
Rabbi Idit Lev returned to the fascination of the encampment in Haifa and reminded us of how much still needs to be changed (on a post first published on the main protest website). Rabbi Idit Lev was interviewed by the journal “Al-Yom” in Arabic about her social and economic work for Rabbis for Human Rights.
Watch: news you will not find in the Israeli media – an important film about the violent attack in Yinun (with Hebrew translation). As mentioned, last week we published the press release of Combatants for Peace on the subject. You can find three more videos on the following link.
Announcements from other organizations (we are not responsible for the content):
- Assaults and vandalizing south Hebron hills 10.7.2012: In the early morning, four Taayush activists were accompanying shepherds and schoolchildren on their way from the area of Tuba to Twuani and Mufaqara. The escort of the children went off smoothly. We planned to continue in the direction of Twuani. On our way, we noticed that ten mature olive trees had been uprooted in the night, near the water reservoir where some abusive writing last week was sprayed over. As we were recording the destruction of the trees, three settlers, who came out of a yellow house in Havat Maon ran towards us. Two were masked. At least one of them threw stones at us. we Immediately called the police and began to run away. Fortunately, we were not hurt by the stones. Later, we filed a complaint about the destruction of water pipes in Bir el-Id. On the way there, we noticed a new pile of rocks, a lorry, a crane and a new mobile house which had been brought to the outpost of Mitzpe Yair. In Bir el-Id, one of the water pipes was broken and two others had been pulled out of the cisterns and cut in several places. A lot of water poured out and was lost. We called the police again and filed another complaint. In the afternoon, some of us returned To Tuwani to accompany the children back from school. As we were informed that some new building was undergoing in the outpost of Avigail, Three activists went there with the aim of recording of the illegal building and the setting up of new mobile houses at the outpost. Several settlers came from the outpost and attacked the three activists – attacks which were carried out in front of the many soldiers present who did not lift a finger to prevent the attacks. One activist fell on the ground and was beaten by settlers, his camera snatched from him, smashed on a rock and stolen. Another activist was attacked by Avidan Ophir who tried to prevent him from taking photographs. Ophir attacked the activist several times and shut his camera, and thus stopped the filming. The activist was attacked again and his camera screen was torn off. The settlers also tried to damage the activists’ car. Army and police forces arrived at the scene and took testimonies. We then went to the police station and filed a third complaint. On our way back to Jerusalem, at twilight, we saw three soldiers at the Al-Arub refugee camp– who, as part of the”non occupation”- were harassing and checking passer-bys.