Rabbi Nava Hefetz, Educational Director of RHR, reports on the opening of this year’s educational work:
Jacob expects violence when he encounters his brother Esau, accompanied by 400 men. Instead, shockingly, he receives a kiss. What can we in modern society learn from the actions of Esau, who, when in a position of power, falls to his brother – once a bitter enemy – and seeks reconciliation? In this week’s Torah commentary by Rabbi Ron Kronish, we see how it is possible for bitter enemies to choose to act with humanity towards one another.
A new bill currently in the Knesset known as the Transparency Law seeks to single out Israeli civil society organizations receiving funds from foreign governments. This will be done by requiring the organisations to declare their funding sources in a number of new ways including the wearing of name tags when in the Knesset, in meetings with public workers or officials, and in all publications and reports. Although the bill claims to be about ensuring transparency, the true intention is to delegitimize the work of Israeli civil society organisations by attempting to brand them as agents of foreign states acting on an agenda contrary to the best interests of Israel. Continue Reading
The olive harvest has come to a close, and we thank all of our wonderful volunteers for joining us in the groves this year. Your presence made a difference, helped ensure farmers were safe, could access their lands, and showed the world that there is, indeed, another way. As a thank you, RHR has put together a short video of memories from this year’s harvest. Enjoy! Continue Reading
Rabbis for Human Rights mourns the murder of 18- year-old Ziv Mizrahi, an Israeli soldier stabbed by a Palestinian extremist on route 443 today. His death marks the 7th person brutally murdered this week in attacks and the third to die under the age of twenty. We pray for God to bring comfort to his family during this horrendous time, and we condemn this senseless violence. Continue Reading
RHR is very pleased to announce that Noga Shragai, our Israeli National Service volunteer, will be directing a series of trainings on creative activism. The third training will be November 30th. Continue Reading
If the media is correct in reporting that Israeli police will not investigate the beating and stabbing of a Bedouin citizen in Kiryat Gat by other citizens who, they claim, wrongly believed him to be a terrorist, then this is a gravely misinformed decision. Continue Reading
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