Justice in Israel, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Don’t let the most vulnerable of society pay for “Protective Edge”

No Comments 18 August 2014

Operation Protective Edge cost Israel 4.3 billion, while  projected total cost has been estimated at NIS 8.5 billion. Who ends up really paying the price? Whose security is neglected over the cost of national security?

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Sharon Guarihn: “Security is not just about national security, it’s about economic security…”

By: Rabbi Idit Lev

The Committee to Fight Poverty (Alaluf Committee) recommended allocating NIS 8 billion Shekels (about 2.3 billon USD) to go towards poverty, in particular for housing aid and increasing of social welfare. This could reduce the poverty rate by ten percent in five years. Meanwhile it seems that economic and military rehabilitation following the Protective Edge operation in Gaza will push aside implementing these recommendations. And who pays the price?  The citizens living in poverty, of course. Listen to Sharon Guarihn’s call, a citizen of Hadera with a monthly salary of 2200 Shekels (634 USD):

“Security is not just about national security, it’s about economic security, and it’s starting to be about nutritional security, basic security of kids who don’t have it; they don’t have after-school activities or a proper school to go to. How can we live like this? This is not economic welfare or security. My boy is afraid that tomorrow they’ll throw him out of his home because we can’t afford rent. Wake up people, wake up!”

Report by Israel Social TV featuring Rabbi Idit Lev and Rabbi Sigal Asher of RHR’s Rights Center in Hadera [Hebrew]

 

RHR’s response to the findings of the Alaluf Committee

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Weekly parasha: On the connection between the war on poverty and the war on Hamas

No Comments 23 July 2014

Human life in war and peace is intertwined, just as negligent decisions by the High Priest can cause loss of innocent life. Rabbi Kobi Weiss on the causes of war and destruction: Continue Reading

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July 22nd: Public Housing Day at the Knesset

No Comments 17 July 2014

TUESDAY, JULY 22ND IS PUBLIC HOUSING DAY IN THE KNESSET.  JOIN US FOR A SERIES OF COMMITTEE DISCUSSIONS ON PUBLIC HOUSING RELATED ISSUES, AND A PUBLIC HOUSING FORUM AT 2pm.

ADDITIONALLY, THE INTERIOR COMMITTEE WILL BE DISCUSSING RESERVATIONS ON THE HOUSING BILL ON THE VERY SAME DAY, STARTING AT 1:30 PM.

WE NEED A LARGE TURNOUT, SO THAT WE CAN “DANCE AT TWO WEDDINGS” AT ONCE!

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On Belonging, Privilege and Racism: Reflections from Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch

2 Comments 10 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, RHR member Rabbi Avi Novis-Deutsch meditates on the events of these last few weeks, and the dangers and privilege found sometimes lurking within the concept “belonging.” Continue Reading

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Statements on recent murders motivated by nationalism

No Comments 07 July 2014

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 Statement from Rabbis for Human Rights:

Rabbis for Human Rights expresses its deep outrage at the recent murders which, according to reports,  either stem from motives of national revenge or involve a national element. We are especially shocked by the apparent brutality of the murders.  Continue Reading

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RHR’s Response to the Report Released by the Elaluf Committee for Combatting Poverty

No Comments 24 June 2014

The Knesset Committee for Combating Poverty headed by Elie Elaluf has submitted their findings and recommendations to the government. Below please find RHR’s response to their report.

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Notes from the “Outstanding Project Award” Ceremony at Yezreel Valley College

No Comments 09 June 2014

The Human Services Department’s end-of-year practicum ceremony for the academic year 5774 took place Thursday, May 29 2014 (29 Nisan.) At the end of the ceremony, the outstanding projects were presented. The last, and most highly honored, project to be presented was Rabbis for Human Rights’ project, titled Empowering Beit She’an Public Housing Residents, which was facilitated by Rabbi Kobi Weiss under the management of Rabbi Arik Ascherman.

 

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High Court offers conciliation process in Bedouin land rights case

No Comments 08 June 2014

PRESS RELEASE | June 5 2014 Israeli Supreme Court offers a conciliation process to achieve a fair solution on Bedouin lands case; state must answer in two weeks whether it agrees to conciliation on Arakib lands.

AlArakiblaywersIMAGE: Members of the al-Ukbi Tribe with attorney Michael Sfard (Credit: Negev Coexistence Forum)

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“We will do and we will listen”: A Critical Look at Tikkun Leil Shavuot

No Comments 02 June 2014

RHR’s Rabbi Kobi Weiss reflects on the tradition of tikkun leil Shavuot, and shows us that the call to action at the heart of the seems to have fallen by the wayside in recent years. Continue Reading

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WATCH: Rabbi Ascherman speaking in Bedford, Massachusetts

2 Comments 08 May 2014

Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president and senior rabbis at Rabbis for Human Rights, speaking at the First Parish Bedford Unitarian Universalist in Bedford, Massachusetts on March 30th 2014.

 

 

Arik Ascherman At First Parish Bedford (Massachusetts) Unitarian Universalist from David Lance on Vimeo.

Special thank you to David Lance for putting the video together!

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