As we near the final days of Passover, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president and senior rabbi for Rabbis for Human Rights, shares his thoughts on the holiday. Continue Reading
On April 4th, extremist settlers from Itamar came down in the direction of the Palestinian farmers who had entered their farmlands in coordination with the Israeli army. The settlers approached the farmers in a threating manner. However, the farmers were accompanied by IDF forces who prevented the extremists from getting near the Palestinians or harming them.
“Perhaps some of the students, and some of you, are/were infuriated by any suggestion that the responsibility for what we had just seen lay with anybody other than the perpetrator, or perhaps Palestinians in general. Others may be angry with me for justifying violence against Palestinians by seemingly backing the dangerous assertion we actually hear from time to time, that Palestinians are descendants of Amalek.” Continue Reading
In this documentation from last Friday (March 11th), soldiers and the Brigadier from Gush Etzion are seen next to illegal construction at the Givat Sorek outpost, built on Palestinian lands. The Brigadier speaks with workers from the outpost while soldiers mill around; no one, including a police officer present, gets involved. The Brigadier and the Civil Administration officers leave and the work does not stop. One of the soldiers shakes the hand of one of the workers, and the police present continue to do nothing.
On March 18th, rabbinical students studying for the year in Israel and other future Jewish leaders joined Rabbis for Human Rights for a fascinating and important tour to the threatened villages of Umm el Hiran/Atir and Susya.
Last week, RHR clients in two Palestinian villages in the occupied territories were able to successfully access and work their land in areas with histories of violence and intimidation from nearby settlers.
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