General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Remembering the most vulnerable victims of housing demolitions

2 Comments 22 April 2014

Often silent on-lookers, children are perhaps the most vulnerable victims of demolitions, and their suffering is all too often overlooked. As RHR prepares for our High Court date April 28th, we will have in our hearts all of the top students whose grades plummeted, the young children who searched for a beloved toy in the rubble, and the older children who wet their beds because they were too afraid to leave them in the middle of the night.  Read on for a look into how demolitions rip apart the lives of the children whose homes are destroyed. Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

APRIL 28th: RHR Planning Appeal seeks to restore planning authority in Area C to Palestinians

No Comments 20 April 2014

April 17th | PRESS RELEASE

For the first time, a legal appeal seeks to limit the control of the West Bank military regime on the civilian lives of the Palestinians


Why should the military control areas of civilian life, without any security justification,  in a developed country?

The hearing on the petition of several villages and organizations, seeking to restore planning authority to Palestinians in their residential areas in the West Bank, will take place at Israel’s High Court of Justice on April 28. This issue carries aspects of great public importance. Should planning authority be returned to Palestinians, the  need for administrative housing demolitions will be greatly reduced. Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Two systems, two purposes: Military planning system discrimination by numbers

3 Comments 17 April 2014

In most of the area of the West Bank under Israeli control (Area C), a two-tier planning system operates based on ethnic-national background. There is a military planning system without representation of residents for the Palestinians, while the Israeli settlers enjoy a civil and representative planning system. Does this structure lead to discrimination in practice? You bet.


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General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

So too must we remember our promise: Passover thoughts 5774

No Comments 14 April 2014

As we prepare for the celebration of the Passover, the Jewish holiday marking the Israelites’ liberation from Egyptian slavery and the beginning of their cohesion as a “people,” Rabbi Arik Ascherman, senior rabbi and president of RHR, shares his Passover thoughts on the holiday, the horrors of housing demolitions,  and RHR’s upcoming High Court date that could end them for good.

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Education, General, Legal Work

RHR Attorney Quamar Mishirqi-Assad: Powerful Voice in Israeli Society

1 Comment 12 April 2014

Rabbi Nava Hefetz presents us with the profile of a groundbreaking woman in Israeli society: Attorney Quamar Mishirqi-Assad, Head of Rabbis for Human Rights Legal Department in the Occupied Territories.

QuamarSusya residents

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General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Why bother? High Court’s recent ruling begs question, “Is justice even possible?”

No Comments 23 February 2014

 In its most recent ruling on extremist settler incursions into Palestinian land adjacent to Susya, the High Court of Justice created a severe impediment to justice. Essentially, the ruling  makes it so that there’s no longer any reason for Palestinians to petition it in cases wherein settlers invaded land over five years ago, as well as in cases where the legal counsel to the Civil Administration in the Occupied Territories does not want to intervene. The High Court simply will not intervene in decisions the military system has already made. This isn’t even a case of “statute of limitations” (which does not apply in these cases because there is no purchase document, proper possession, etc.), but rather the High Court’s refusal to recognize the regime’s responsibility towards problems it creates and enables. Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Jalud farmer permitted to sow his land

1 Comment 05 February 2014

After pressure from the media and from RHR, the army has allowed a Palestinian farmer to sow and plough his land.  


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General, Legal Work

High Court Rules on Susya

1 Comment 04 February 2014

PRESS RELEASE | February 4th 2014

The High Court of Justice rejects two petitions regarding the Palestinian village of Susya, enabling the IDF to evade responsibility for land theft

QuamarSusya residents

PHOTO: RHR attorney Quamar Mishirqi meets with residents of Susya

Rabbis for Human Rights:

“The High Court of Justice has enabled the State to evade its responsibility in preventing seizures of land belonging to Palestinian farmers. This is not a case of civil strife between two equal neighbours, but rather systemic military discrimination that has enabled and even supported coerced removal of Palestinian farmers from their lands.” Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Jalud farmer prevented land access

No Comments 01 February 2014

Palestinian farmer Fawzi  Ibrahim of the village Jalud near the illegal outpost Esh Kodesh  stands to lose approximately 18,000 shekels on seed if the Israeli army does not permit him access to his own lands in order to sow the seeds. Despite a 2006 High Court ruling ensuring that the IDF allow Palestinian farmers with lands near settlements be enabled access to their land, the army thus far has refused/ignored his requests. He has since turned to Rabbis for Human Rights for help.  Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE: RHR High Court Hearings Consolidated

No Comments 29 January 2014

PRESS RELEASE | January 28, 2014

The High Court of Justice consolidates petition to expedite destruction of a Palestinian village with petition against blocking village residents from accessing their agricultural lands.

South Hebron Hills 1-3-2014 (5)

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, the High Court of Justice will conduct an additional hearing on the right-wing organization Regavim’s petition demanding the demolition of the Palestinian village Susya in the South Hebron Hills. The High Court of Justice decided to attach the hearing on this petition to the hearing on Rabbis for Human Rights’ petition to allow Palestinian farmers from Susya access to their agricultural lands near the village, as well as to the settlement Susya.

Rabbis for Human Rights:

We cannot understand why the High Court of Justice decided to attach Regavim’s petition to demolish Susya to our petition against blocking the Palestinian residents from accessing their land. These are two separate issues.

Quamar Mishirqi-Asad, Attorney, Head of Rabbis for Human Rights’ legal department:

In several cases dealing with settler incursion into Palestinian land, we have seen the army attempting to shirk responsibility. In many instances, the army was negligent or even contributed to the incursion. Additionally, this is not a conflict between two neighbors of equal status, but rather a coordinated attempt by extreme ideological activists amongst the settlers to displace people without rights who are living under a military regime. Therefore, the security apparatus must take responsibility over this phenomenon accordingly.

READ: Additional background on Susya and RHR’s High Court Appeal

WATCH: Regavim against Susya (Israel Social TV)

April 28: RHR Planning Appeal against housing demolitions!

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