General, Occupied Territories

Joint letter by Israeli HR organizations to Attorney General and JAG

2 Comments 22 July 2014

Ten Israeli human rights organizations, including RHR, sent a letter of concern to the Attorney General and JAG (Judge Advocate General) regarding Operation Protective Edge. Continue Reading

General, Jobs

Job opening: RHR seeks a lobbyist

No Comments 20 July 2014

Rabbis for Human Rights seeks a lobbyist. See below for requirements.  (Hebrew speakers only, please)

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General, Occupied Territories

Urgent letter to state demands procedure to evacuate injured in Gaza Strip

1 Comment 20 July 2014

In an urgent letter sent to The Ministry of Defense the morning of July 18th 2014,   eight Israeli human rights organization including RHR demand a procedure to evacuate the injured in the Gaza Strip.

"Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances that tried to reach them, as well as other sites in the neighborhood encountered firing."Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance at checkpoint. Photo:Justin McIntosh. CC-wkipedia

“Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances that tried to reach them, as well as other sites in the neighborhood encountered firing.”Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance at checkpoint. Photo: Justin McIntosh. CC-wikipedia

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General

Congratulations to Rabbi Ascherman on his honorary doctorate for his work toward repairing Israeli society

1 Comment 19 July 2014

Rabbi Nava Hefetz provides us with a moving account from her participation in the presentation ceremony of an honorary doctorate to Rabbi Arik Ascherman, President and Senior Rabbi of Rabbis for Human Rights. She expands on the way in which Rabbi Ascherman’s work has impacted her own work and filled her with hope.

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General, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

One cause: Reflections on the true roots of the conflict

1 Comment 17 July 2014

Yonatan Shefa is Assistant Director to RHR’s Department of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.  Amidst the whirlpool of violence and racial tension threatening to swallow the Israelis and Palestinians this summer, he reflects on a truth whose knowledge can only lead to peace. Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel

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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General, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

War and Humanity: Reflections by Rabbi Mauricio Balter

No Comments 16 July 2014

Rabbi Mauricio Balter is a member of Rabbis for Human Rights and a resident of Israel’s south, where rocket fire is beginning to feel like a part of life.  He reflects on life under fire, and the importance of remembering we were all created in the Image of God. Continue Reading

Field Reports, General, Occupied Territories

Field Report from the Occupied Territories: A Tragic, Worrying Time

No Comments 15 July 2014

Summer is often a quite time for RHR’s Department of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. Tragically, this summer has been anything but. Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, director of the department, provides an update from the field between June and July of 2014.

By: Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann

It has been a tragic, worrying time as we all know, and this has profoundly impacted our work in the OPT. Continue Reading

General, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Another word about revenge and vengefulness

No Comments 15 July 2014

In this week’s parasha, Rabbi Shmuel Reinter explores the concept of revenge in the Torah, showing us that such things are only within the domain of God Himself.  For the rest of us, it is our responsibility to surpass our natural, vengeful desires and instead choose humility.  Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Rabbis for Human Rights statement on Operation Protective Edge

No Comments 15 July 2014

“That be far from You to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked”

On the Right to Self Defense and its Limitations

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Rabbis for Human Rights is guided by the paramount Jewish value of preserving every human life. We totally reject deliberate destruction and bloodshed. Judaism appreciates efforts to preserve life even in the heat of battle, both by developing defense methods and by efforts not to target helpless non-combatants. “Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous along with the wicked” (Genesis 18:25) Continue Reading

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