General, Legal Work

Susya update: High Court hearing postponed

No Comments 30 July 2015

There is a postponement of the High Court hearing scheduled for August 3rd  on the appeal of the  residents of Susya, represented by RHR,  against the rejection of the master building plan submitted to the  Civil Administration planning committee.

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A fun day at the beach: Jahalin children visit Tel Aviv beach with RHR

No Comments 29 July 2015

On July 27 2015, RHR brought fifty-five Jahalin Bedouin kids, and teachers (and the two nuns Aziza and Agnes) to spend the day at the sea in Tel Aviv. The group came from Anata, where RHR has been working for many years. Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

CA Senator Dianne Feinstein gives her support to Susya

No Comments 29 July 2015

California Senator Dianne Feinstein has sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to halt the demolitions of Susya, and stating the Israeli Civil Administration should re-examine its rejection of Susya’s master plan, which would authorise building on their land.  Please find the letter below. Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Rabbis join hundreds protesting in solidarity with Susya!

No Comments 26 July 2015

On Friday July 24 2015, nine buses full of Israelis, internationals, and activists  arrived in the small Palestinian village of Susya in order to show support to the village currently under immediate threat of demolition. The demonstration was one of the largest joint protests in recent history in the Occupied Territories, and was organised by Rabbis for Human Rights along with Israeli NGOs B’Tselem, Combatants for Peace, and Ta’ayush.  Continue Reading


Why I will be in Susya on Tisha b’Av: Tisha b’Av thoughts by Rabbi Arik Ascherman

3 Comments 23 July 2015



Rabbi Arik Ascherman

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General, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Three prophecies on the language of “how”

No Comments 21 July 2015

In her commentary of Parashat Devarim, Rabbi Mira Raz reminds us of how the seemingly small choices we all make have the power to transform not only ourselves, but the whole world.  Continue Reading


WATCH: State department strongly urges Israel to refrain from Susya demolitions

1 Comment 17 July 2015

State Department Spokesperson says yesterday that they are closely watching the events in Susya, “strongly urges” Israel to refrain from demolishishing homes, and says that demolitions or evictions would be “harmful and provocotive,” with implicatons beyond Susya itself.

 Full text:

QUESTION: Do you have a reaction to reports that Israel may demolish part of a village called Susiya in the West Bank for expanding settlements?

MR KIRBY: I do. We’re closely following developments in the village of Susiya in the West Bank, and we strongly urge the Israeli authorities to refrain from carrying out any demolitions in the village. Demolition of this Palestinian village or of parts of it, and evictions of Palestinians from their homes would be harmful and provocative. Such actions have an impact beyond those individuals and families who are evicted. We are concerned that the demolition of this village may worsen the atmosphere for a peaceful resolution and would set a damaging standard for displacement and land confiscation, particularly given settlement-related activity in the area. We urge Israeli authorities to work with the residents of the village to finalize a plan for the village that addresses the residents’ humanitarian needs



RHR legal team sends urgent letter to Civil Department urging a halting of demolitions after receiving lists of structures slated for demolishment 

Now is the time to act: State informs Susya demolitions to occur between July 20 – August 3 – Here’s how you can help!

General, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Jeremiah’s Anguished Cry, and its Lesson

No Comments 15 July 2015

What happens to a people when they “lose their fear” of the Lord? In his Torah commentary on Parashat Matot-Masei, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann examines the wretched task of Jeremiah, who begs his people to repent for their sins,  and prays that modern Israel not be forced to repeat history. 

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General, Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Legal Work

Turning curses into blessings: Rabbi Ascherman reflects on 20 years with RHR

1 Comment 06 July 2015

Rabbi Arik Ascherman, senior rabbi and president of RHR,  reflects on his 20th year with RHR and what keeps him going when so many others have lost hope or burnt out.

The rabbis and staff of RHR extend a profound “thank you” to Rabbi Ascherman for his leadership, spirit and unwavering commitment to justice and dignity for all humans created in God’s Image. He is an inspiration to all of us. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

One year after Gaza: A Thought/Prayer after the Fast of 17 Tammuz

No Comments 06 July 2015

Yesterday marked the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz (technically, it was the 18th, due to the 17th falling on Shabbat), a Jewish fast day commemorating the breach in the walls of Jerusalem leading up to the destruction of the Second Temple, and the beginning of a three week mourning period ending with Tisha B’Av (9th of the month of Av).  It is also traditionally said to be the date of a number of other calamities that befell the Jewish people over the year. Last year, the 17th of Tammuz and the mourning period that follows it coincided with much of the fighting in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. Continue Reading

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