Education, General, Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

“Come as Far as you Can”: RHR’s High Holiday Appeal

1 Comment 22 September 2014

An appeal by Rabbis for Human Rights Co-chairs Rabbi Amy Klein, and Rabbi Moshe Yehudai, and Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president and senior rabbi for RHR, on the upcoming High Holidays. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Israel settlers enter into S. Hebron Hills Palestinian village escorted by army

No Comments 21 September 2014

The following update comes from the Palestinian village At Tuwani comes from Operation Dove, an Italian NGO that focuses on the South Hebron Hills. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

NGOs call on world leaders to stop forced transfer of Palestinian Bedouins

No Comments 16 September 2014

RHR supports this campaign against the forced removal of Palestinian Bedouins from their homes, and  is extremely concerned about the threat to transfer Bedouin to locations in the Jordan valley against their will.    We are not signed on this letter, because, as a human rights organization, we do not take a position one way or the other on any specific final status solution, including the two state solution.

 

 

A Jahalin Bedouin man stands next to the rubble of son's home, demolished by the state, in the Occupied Territories.

A Jahalin Bedouin man stands next to the rubble of son’s home, demolished by the state, in the Occupied Territories.

44 Palestinian, Israeli, and international organizations are urgently calling on world leaders to stop Israeli plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinian Bedouins out of their communities in the central part of the occupied West Bank and into a designated township.

The organizations stressed that the international community must take all possible measures to ensure that individual and mass forcible transfer, which is a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, does not take place. The organizations said world leaders should immediately press Israel to cancel all transfer plans and allow Palestinians to remain in and develop their communities, warning that the transfer of Palestinian Bedouins from their current locations would free up land for Israeli settlement expansion in a way that could render the two-state solution unachievable.

The call comes as the Israeli government publicized this week six plans to move Palestinian Bedouins out of their communities around Jericho, Ramallah, and Jerusalem. The plans include moving Bedouins out of the politically sensitive area referred to as the Jerusalem Periphery or “E1,” where Israel has long-intended to demolish 23 Bedouin villages in order to expand and link settlements, established in violation of international law. Settlement expansion in this area would cut the West Bank in two, further disrupting movement and social and economic ties between major Palestinian cities and limiting the little access Palestinians in the West Bank have to Jerusalem.

Haaretz: Israeli government plans to forcible relocate 12,500 Bedouin

All of the Palestinian Bedouin communities slated for transfer are located in Area C, the 60 percent of the West Bank where Israel maintains full civil and military control. There are already around 341,000 Israeli settlers living in more than 100 settlements throughout Area C. Although Area C is within the internationally recognized 1967 borders of the occupied Palestinian territory, Israel only allows Palestinians to build on 1 percent of it. The lack of authority to build makes Palestinians vulnerable to home demolition, displacement, and forcible transfer and limits their ability to realize their rights to water, to adequate shelter, to education, health, and to livelihood.

In recent months, the government of Israel has used coercive tactics to heighten the pressure on Palestinian Bedouin communities, issuing eviction orders and demolishing homes and livelihood structures. Israel has also obstructed aid agencies from delivering assistance to these communities, including by seizing and destroying emergency shelters that international donors provided for families whose homes were demolished and confiscating a swing-set and a slide for a Bedouin school. Israel has already demolished more than 350 Palestinian homes or livelihood structures in Area C in 2014, while demolitions in the Jerusalem periphery and E1 area have hit a five-year high, displacing 170 Bedouins, 91 of whom are children.

“Being in constant danger of forcible transfer is not a healthy way of living. We are scared, we can’t build, we lack basic rights, but we don’t want to move to a township. If you ask me to move I would say no. I was born as a Bedouin, and we want to preserve our traditions. Israel is claiming they will create a better solution for us, I will tell you that’s not true, that transferring us will destroy our lifestyle and traditions. If they really want to create a better solution they can let us to go back to the Negev or stay where we are and receive services,” said Jameel Hamadeen, a 32-year-old resident of Sateh al Bahr, one of the Bedouin communities slated for demolition and transfer.

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Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Even in the Darkest Times

No Comments 15 September 2014

In his commentary of Parshiot Nitzavim-Vayelech, Rabbi Gideon D. Sylvester invokes the wise words of a Hassidic rebbe and survivor of the Shoah as a reminder that even in the darkest times, when despair and fear to move forward seem to engulf us, there is potential for redemption. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Trees Destroyed in Palestinian village of Safa near Bat Ayin

No Comments 15 September 2014

For the second time this week, an elderly Palestinian farmer’s plot of land in the village of Safa next to the settlement Bat Ayin was attacked and trees destroyed. Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: The Duty to Give

No Comments 11 September 2014

In Parashat Ki Tavo, Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch shows us how within the ceremonies and regulations regarding the giving of first fruits and tithes, there is great wisdom into out duty to remain gracious as well as giving. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

El Arakib in court this Wednesday: The village needs your support!

1 Comment 11 September 2014

This Wednesday, September 17th, the court will finally hear a very important appeal from Al Arakib which could determine the future of the village. There are two ways the villagers are asking for support- one is by attending the weekly vigil on Sunday at 16:30, and the second is by coming to the Ramle Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday,  at 11:30. Details, transportation,  and background below.

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General, Occupied Territories

Watering trees in Anata: A volunteer gives her impressions

No Comments 09 September 2014

On Friday, September 5th, Rabbi Arik Ascherman and Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann took a group of volunteers to assist a farmer in watering his trees in the Palestinian village of Anata. Although the group was concerned that they would be given a hard time by local extremists, it ended up being a quiet morning. One of the volunteers shares her impressions of the day.  Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Authorities demolish 9 structures in Khirbet Ar-Rahwa in the South Hebron Hills

No Comments 07 September 2014

The following update on demolitions in Khirbet ar-Rahma comes Operation Dove, an Italian NGO that focuses on the South Hebron Hills. Khirbet ar-Rahma is a small and poor Palestinian village in Area C of the occupied territories. Since its location in Area C means it is under full Israeli control, the villagers are subjected to the Israeli military planning system that blocks almost every Palestinian attempt at building and developing within their village. Whatever is built,  is demolished every now and again, as demonstrated by this most recent demolition.  In the background of the photos, please note the  new Jewish settlement, some of  which is illegal by the Israeli law,  but nevertheless is permitted to stay intact. This is an example of institutionalized discrimination, and demonstrates why RHR submitted an appeal to the High Court of Justice to return planning authority to the Palestinians in Area C. 

September 1 2014 demolition at Khirbet ar-Rahwa with Israeli settlement in background. PHOTO: Operation Dove

September 1 2014 demolition at Khirbet ar-Rahwa in the South Hebron Hills with new Israeli settlement in background. PHOTO: Operation Dove

From Operation Dove:

UPDATE 2014-09-01: IDF DEMOLISHED 9 STRUCTURE IN THE VILLAGE OF KHIRBET AR-RAHWA
38 persons lost their home, 21 of them children

Khirbet ar Rahwa – On 1st of September 2014, during the afternoon, the Israeli army and the D.C.O. (District Coordination Office) entered into the palestinian village of Khirbet ar-Rahwa, in the South Hebron Hills, and demolished 3 houses (tents), 3 animal shelters and 3 toilettes. No demolition order was delivered for these structures.

September 1 2014 demolition at Khirbet ar-Rahwa in the South Hebron Hills. PHOTO: Operation Dove

September 1 2014 demolition at Khirbet ar-Rahwa in the South Hebron Hills. PHOTO: Operation Dove

All the demolished structures were built with simple materials. Ar-Rawha that is located in area C, has no access to electricity, to the water pipeline and to any kind of facilities and services.
The houses belonged to the Altal family and to the Jabaarin family. Because of the demolitions, 38 persons, 21 of them children, lost their houses. All the families are waiting for humanitarian aid.

The village of ar-Rahwa is surrounded by the settlement of Tene and the outpost of Havat Moor. This outpost received demolition order in 2000, but the D.C.O decided to not demolish any house until now. Also the outpost is connected with the electricity net and water pipelines, services that are denied for the Palestinians of ar-Rawha, who are the legal owners of the land where the settlement of Tene is located.

Additional photos from Operation Dove

Related:

RHR Area C Planning Appeal

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Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Blotting out the doubt from within

No Comments 02 September 2014

In Parashat Ki Tetzei, Yonatan Shefa urges us to see the Torah as a truly visionary piece of work, and calls our attention to a compelling new read on the curse of Amalek: is the Torah really commanding us to wipe out all his descendants, or is it actually  whispering for us to remember that we are all deeply, profoundly connected to one another? Continue Reading

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