General, Justice in Israel-Prawer, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Urgent letter: Cellular warning service not available in Bedouin communities

No Comments 30 July 2014

Yesterday (July 29th 2014), Rabbis for Human Rights and other organizations promoting rights for Bedouins in the Negev sent an urgent letter to the Home Front Command, protesting that the cellular rocket fire warning service is not available in unrecognized Bedouin communities.

The disturbing situation in which communities lack both protected areas and sirens  is difficult to remedy in the immediate future, but it seems that the absence of a cellular warning is an easier matter to fix. Therefore,  it’s all the more puzzling to us that the system is not programmed to provide warnings to citizens of these communities. “Disputes over planning issues are no reason to disregard human life,” argue the signatories to the letter: Rabbis for Human Rights, the Forum for Unrecognized Villages in the Negev, and AJEEC-NISPED. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

When justice blinds: by Rabbi Arik Ascherman

1 Comment 30 July 2014

This op-ed  originally appeared on Rabbi Ascherman’s Times of Israel blog.

IDF soldiers search for terror tunnels. PHOTO: IDF Spokesperson unit CC-Wikipedia

IDF soldiers search for terror tunnels. PHOTO: IDF Spokesperson unit   CC-Wikipedia

By: Rabbi Arik Ascherman Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Whose Land is it? A year for us to get things right in the Holy Land

No Comments 29 July 2014

As part of Rabbis for Human Rights’ series featuring the reflections, both human rights related and not,  of our staff and rabbis during Operation Protective Shield, Yonatan Shefa, RHR’s assistant director of human rights in the Occupied Territories, challenges us to see the Sabbatical year as an opportunity to achieve a deep, lasting and just peace.   Continue Reading

General, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Parasha: Which generation are we?

No Comments 29 July 2014

In the final reading before Tisha b’Av and in the midst of a brutal war in Gaza, Rabbi Miri Gold challenges us to consider which generation are we- are we one who takes the lessons we have learned, year after year, from our readings and faith and successfully applies them in the building of a nation created on justice and righteousness, or are we a generation living under the illusion of safety, caught in a holding pattern at Kadesh Barnea,  just outside The Promised Land,   for years upon years. Continue Reading

Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

My son, the Israeli soldier, and human rights: Thoughts by Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann

3 Comments 27 July 2014

As part of Rabbis for Human Rights’ series featuring the reflections, both human rights related and not,  of our staff and rabbis during Operation Protective Shield, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, RHR’s director of human rights in the occupied territories, shares his feelings as son serves in Gaza. A dedicated Israeli activist, Rabbi Grenimann has spent much of his life committed to justice and equality in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Yet Rabbi Grenimann is also a husband and a father, and his son was recently called up as a reservist. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Promise: Can we see the light amidst all the darkness?

No Comments 27 July 2014

 As part of Rabbis for Human Rights’ series  featuring the reflections, both human rights related and not,  of our staff and rabbis during Operation Protective Shield, Yonatan Shefa, Assistant Director of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories for RHR, challenges us in this very personal piece to live up to God’s promise to the Jewish people by destroying the cancer that seems to be eating away at us. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Not for Security Experts Only: The morality of targeting hidden rockets as a case example of the need for public discourse in times of challenging security questions

No Comments 26 July 2014

Although we at Rabbis for Human Rights are not experts in security, we believe the need for public discussion around complicated, challenging security questions is of the utmost importance, especially now when lives could be at stake. “Proportionality” is one of these difficult grey areas, and the loss of civilian life during the targeting of hidden rockets — when those rockets may quickly be replaced — is one example of  a moral quandary we believe must be addressed within public discourse. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

HR orgs call for immediate arrangement of channel for civilians to escape battle zone

1 Comment 25 July 2014

An urgent letter to Israel’s Minister of Defense and Chief of Staff, RHR joins with a number of other human rights NGOs in a call for an arrangement of a secure area in the Gaza Strip to which civilians can escape from battle zones. This call is in line with the stipulation of the Rambam that when a city is under siege, one side must be left open for people to escapeContinue Reading

Education, General, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Why Jerusalem?: Two bereaved fathers give hope for the Jewish and Palestinian peoples

No Comments 24 July 2014

Israeli society, and Jerusalem in particular, is currently living through days and nights of violence, racism and revenge. The fragile calm of the last few years is gone.  Almost every evening, groups of extremists in the streets call for “death to Arabs” and “revenge.” Nevertheless, a handful of citizens try to calm passions, to talk and to explain that these actions are not a Jewish way to act. The words fall on too many deaf ears, while rockets continue to fall throughout the country, and Gazans are left without protection from attacks on their cities.  

As part of Rabbis for Human Rights’ series  featuring the reflections, both human rights related and not,  of our staff and rabbis during Operation Protective Shield, Rabbi Nava Hefetz visits a meeting of the Bereaved Families Forum, and sees a glimmer of something different. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Human Rights Organizations in Urgent Call: Gaza Strip civilian infrastructure is collapsing

2 Comments 23 July 2014

In an urgent letter to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, 12 human rights organizations (including RHR) demand today (July 23 2014) that Israel fulfill its obligations and ensure that the humanitarian needs of the civilian population of Gaza are met, particularly with respect to the dwindling supply of water and electricity. More than half of Gaza’s population, 1.2 million people, currently were affected by lack of adequate access to water and sanitation services. Hundreds of thousands are completely without power, while additional hundreds of thousands are rationed up to 5 hours of electricity per day. Continue Reading

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