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PRESS RELEASE: Rabbinical Hanukah lighting against home demolitions

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PRESS RELEASE | DECEMBER 21 2014

Tomorrow, in solidarity with Palestinians against administrative home demolitions, a group of rabbis from Rabbis for Human Rights will light the Hanukkah candles on the rubble of a demolished Palestinian home in the south Hebron Hills. RHR invites all who wish to also show solidarity to join us in the lighting.

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Tomorrow, December 22 2014, a number of rabbis from Rabbis for Human Rights will pay a solidarity visit to Dirat, a Palestinian village whose approved “masterplan” is extremely limited and small. Because of the constraints of this plan, the village is unable to expand and any new construction is consequently demolished.

Every year, hundreds of Palestinian homes are demolished due to an unjust and discriminatory military planning policy blocking Palestinian development in Area C of the Occupied Territories. These demolitions are unnecessary and lead only to more despair and increased hostility.

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This Hanukah, as we celebrate the dedication of our Temple once again, we pray that all people be able to have a dedication in their own home and that the destruction of hundreds of homes every year end.

The visit will include a meeting of rabbis with the residents Dirat, one of the petitioners in the petition to the Supreme Court demanding planning rights be restored to Palestinian villages in Area C. Rabbis for Human Rights is one of the leading organizations in this petition along with a coalition of other NGOs and Palestinian village councils*.

On April 28 2014, in response to the hearing of High Court petition, the Israeli High Court judges ordered the state to submit within 90 days suggestions for ways to institutionalize participation of Area C Palestinians in the planning process and decisions that affect their lives. Justices Rubinstein, Handel and Solberg expressed dissatisfaction with the existing planning situation and rejected the argument the council of the state tried to argue in order to keep “business as usual”. Despite this, the state continues to ask for delays or unreasonable proposals addressing the challenge posed by the High Court.

For more information on the petition

The event tomorrow night will be a repeat act from 1997, when a group of rabbis lit a menorah in the ruins of a demolished home.

DETAILS: Transportation 15:00 from Liberty Bell Garden in Jerusalem;  please RSVP by calling our office at 02-6482757

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PHOTO: Hanukah lighting event from 1997

PHOTO: Hanukah lighting event from 1997

*  The Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center, The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, and The Society of Saint Yves- The Catholic Center for Human Rights

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