Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Bias Revealed in Security Force Response to Theft from Palestinian vs Jewish Farmers

No Comments 22 October 2017

This morning [October 22 2017], it was discovered that many olives belonging to Palestinian farmers from the village Murayer were stolen from a grove near the Adi Ad illegal outpost. This theft comes on the heals of a massive wave of olive theft from Palestinian groves during the current harvest season. Continue Reading

General, Parasha / E-Letter

Parashat Noach: The rainbow’s diversity of unity

No Comments 18 October 2017

In Raanan Mallek’s Dvar Torah to Parashat Noach, he draws not only from Jewish sources but also from the modern disciplines of physics and literature to make an appeal for religious tolerance.  Continue Reading

Field Reports, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Severe wave of olive theft from Palestinian groves mars start of West Bank harvest

No Comments 17 October 2017


In four cases, the extremist Israeli thieves were caught and detained for questioning. In many other cases,  the perpetrators were not apprehended.
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Field Reports, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Extremist Israelis arrested after theft & violence against Palestinians olive farmers

No Comments 16 October 2017


Israelis were documented stealing olives from a Palestinian grove near the Palestinian village El Jenia and the illegal Israeli outpost Zayit Ra’anan on Sunday October 15. They were arrested following the swift intervention of the head of the field department of Rabbis for Human Rights, Zakaria Sadah, who informed the security forces. Continue Reading

Field Reports, Occupied Territories

A (rainy) day of harvesting olives in the Yanoun Valley

No Comments 16 October 2017

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, the director of Organizational Development at Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR), reflects on his experience taking out volunteers for the olive harvest early this season. Rabbi Grenimann has been involved with RHR in a number of capacities since its founding in 1988 and has developed meaningful relationships with Palestinians and Bedouin individuals all over the region, as reflected in his words below.  Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

October 28: social justice lawyer Becky Cohen-Keshet in New York City

No Comments 15 October 2017

Friends in the New York City area – do not miss a chance to learn from and talk with Rabbis for Human Rights’ social justice lawyer Becky Cohen-Keshet! Ms. Cohen-Keshet will be speaking with Congregation Shaare Tzedek on October 28th (Saturday) at 12:45pm at the Franciscan Community Center (214 West 97th Street). The topic of her talk will be Making a Land of Blessings: Social Justice in Israel. For more information and to register, go here. All are welcome!

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Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Olive Harvest 2017: Incidents of violence & olive stealing in harvest’s first week

No Comments 15 October 2017

Last week, the second week of October, Rabbis for Human Rights began assisting Palestinian olive farmers with their harvesting in Area C near Israeli settlements and outposts. Our presence in the groves deters extremist settlers from violence while ensuring the army does not place unnecessary and unfair restrictions and limitations on the farmers’ right to harvest. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Volunteers needed: Join us in the olive groves & ensure a safe & smooth harvest!

2 Comments 11 October 2017

This year we are blessed with a large and bountiful crop, and Palestinian farmers in areas threatened by extremist violence and army interference need your help harvesting! Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Parashat Bereshit: S/He Who Spoke and Humanity Came to Be

No Comments 10 October 2017

In his Dvar Torah to Parashat Bereshit, Dr. Shaiya Rothberg challenges us to think deeply and honestly about what it truly means to be humans created in the image of God. Continue Reading



No Comments 09 October 2017

Each year, Rabbis for Human Rights publishes a spiritual harvest (“assif”) for Sukkot. In this brief overview we present positive trends in the field of human rights and social justice in Israel over the past year (5777 according to the Hebrew calendar which corresponds to 2016-2017). In addition, we highlight the achievements of Rabbis for Human Rights.

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