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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May the New Year & Its Blessings Begin: “Little Sister” for a contemporary Israel

No Comments 19 September 2017

Little Sister is a famous piyut (hymn) that opens the liturgy for Rosh Hashanah. It was written by the Kabbalist Rabbi Avraham Chazan of Girona in the 13th century. The piyut describes the suffering of the Jews in the Diaspora and ends each verse with the words: “May the year and its curses come to an end!” The last verse wishes for better days and ends with the words: “May the New Year with its blessings begin.”

Under its inspiration, members of the social justice team at Rabbis for Human Rights composed a modern piyut based on the department’s work in the last year. The result is a modern Israeli hymn that constitutes a contemporary Jewish social manifesto. Continue Reading

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Accepting the gratitude of others: A moment of blessing at the Hadera Justice Center

No Comments 18 September 2017

Gratitude is a basic Jewish value, and still it is not easy for us to accept it from others. This is especially true when those are individuals are those who turn to us at the Rabbis for Human Rights’ Hadera Rights Center.  When folks come and wish to thank us for the help they received navigating Israeli bureaucracy, especially those who also bring us something—we feel discomfort. How can we allow a individual who is having such a hard time spend their money on us? We did our job, and our payment is the success we achieved. Rabbi Idit Lev, the direcotor of Rabbis for Human Rights’ social justice program, explains how she learned to accept gratitude: Continue Reading

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Citizenship is a basic human right, not a gift of the state

No Comments 08 August 2017

It must be plainly stated: Citizenship is a basic human right; it is not a gift for the state to revoke.

We learned this week that Ala’a Ziwad, a resident of Umm al-Fahm who committed a terrorist attack in Gan Shmu’el injuring four Israeli civilians, will have his citizenship revoked. Continue Reading

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Knesset marks dismal state of public housing in Israel

No Comments 23 July 2017

Last Tuesday (July 18), Israel’s Knesset noted the dismal state of public housing in our nation. Public Housing Day, now a tradition at the Knesset, is an important legislative advocacy day for the Forum for Public Housing, of which Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) proudly plays an active and critical role.

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Tuesday the Knesset will mark the dismal state of Israel’s public housing

No Comments 16 July 2017

Public Housing Day, now a tradition at the Knesset, is an important legislative advocacy day for the Forum for Public Housing, of which Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) proudly plays an active and critical role.

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All-time record of racist and anti-democratic legislation at Knesset

No Comments 12 July 2017

On Wednesday (July 5 2017), the Knesset held a day marking the struggle against racism. The event was initiated by Members of Knesset Aida Touma-Suleiman (Hadash) and Michal Biran (the Zionist camp), the chairpersons of the Lobby for the Struggle Against Racism.

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July 12 in Montreal: Meet with RHR’s social justice lawyer Becky Keshet!

No Comments 27 June 2017

Rabbis for Human Rights attorney Becky Keshet, who works on poverty and social justice in Israel, and has recently focused on issues of public housing before the High Court and in the Knesset, will be in Montreal briefly.  Canadian Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights (CFRHR) will be hosting her  on Wednesday, July 12th, at 10:00 a.m, and invite any interested folks in the area to join. Continue Reading

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Missing Yemenite children affair demands serious investigation

No Comments 20 June 2017

A number of recent revelations regarding the Yemenite children affair paint a bleak picture that demands serious investigation. Many testimonies and evidence from people within the establishmenant at that time support claims of the wide-spread, inappropriate removal of children, especially those of Yemenite origin, from their parents most notably during the early years of the state. Continue Reading

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MobilEye Deal: No allocation of wealth to where it is most needed

No Comments 14 March 2017

It was recently announced that United States technology giant Intel will buy the Israeli driverless-technology company Mobileye for $15.3 billion, marking the largest acquisition ever of an Israeli high-tech company. The purchase will result in a massive gain of capital, possibly more than one billion, for the Israeli government via taxes. For years, the Israeli government has taken the stance that crucial initiatives for Israelis living in poverty are neglected due to a lack of finances. It is therefore disheartening to see that even in this instance, where a massive unexpected financial opportunity has arisen from this deal, the benefits will not be felt by those living in poverty. Once again, we see Israel’s poor and vulnerable neglected, despite a real chance to truly invest in their – and thus all of society’s – well being. Continue Reading

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