Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Suspension of dialogue between Susya and state leads to new fears of demolitions

1 Comment 26 July 2016

PRESS RELEASE | JULY 26 2016

Unilateral and sudden suspension of dialogue between Susya and state leads to new fears of demolitions.
 
Refusal by the state to continue dialogue regarding the authorization of Susya  implies an increased threat of demolitions occurring to 40% of the village. Were this to occur, the already very difficult humanitarian conditions existing in the village would be greatly exacerbated.

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Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Ramadan demolitions in Susya and Diraat area

2 Comments 20 June 2016

PRESS RELEASE | JUNE 20 2016
In an unusual move today, the Israel authorities destroyed two residential buildings, an animal pen, and an external kitchen in the South Hebron Hill village of Susya. A large 30 meter structure was also demolished in the area of Diraat. None of the structures were built in the last month or even the last year. Is this the beginning of a new policy by the Ministry of Defence? 

Generally, as a basic humanitarian gesture, demolitions do not occur during the fasting month of Ramadan. Not only are Palestinians in these areas fasting, but the temperatures are also soaring. The move to carry out demolitions is thus especially cruel and shocking.
Palestinians also reported being beaten and shoved by the Israeli authorities after engaging in non-violent resistance. Please share and continue to follow us for updates.

Statement from Rabbi Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights:
In the twenty years that I have been handling home demotions, there has always been an understanding that there are no demolitions during Ramadan. As Rabbis, it is especially harsh to have this norm broken during the Muslim holy month of fasting.  Nothing would have happened if they would have delayed the demolitions until after Ramadan, as the structures weren’t built this month or in recent years. It is necessary to note that none of this would have happened without the inability of the Palestinians to legally plan based on egalitarian and professional planning criteria. 

 

Photos by Nasser Nawaj’ah of B’Tselem and Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights

Photo by Nasser Nawaj'ah of Bt'selem

Photo by Nasser Nawaj’ah of Bt’selem

Photo by Nasser Nawaj'ah of B'tselem

Photo by Nasser Nawaj’ah of B’tselem

Photo by Nasser Nawaj'ah of B'tselem

Photo by Nasser Nawaj’ah of B’tselem

 

Photo by Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights

Photo by Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights

 

Photo by Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights

Photo by Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights

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Legal Work

Update on the villages located within Firing Zone 918

No Comments 02 June 2016

On Feb 4 2016, Rabbis for Human Rights sent an urgent petition to the High Court to allow  two villages  two represent, ​M​a​j​az and ​S​afai, to submit a detailed ​m​aster plan for ​S​afai and a correction to the plan for ​M​a​j​az. This action followed a wave of demolitions after the break-down of a mediation process between the residents of the villages of M​asafer Yatta (the region), who reside within the Firing Zone 918 in the South Hebron hills, and the State. Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Israeli authorities block Palestinian mining, resulting in loss of hundreds of millions

No Comments 04 May 2016

Natof quarry. Photo: Dror Etkes via B'tselem

Natof quarry. Photo: Dror Etkes via B’tselem

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Legal Work

RHR legal success: Settler encroaching on private Palestinian land to be removed

No Comments 27 April 2016

On April 11th, RHR achieved an important milestone in a seven year struggle to return to Palestinians from Kariyut the lands taken over by a settler from Shilo. In her ruling, the judge gave credence to Kariyut’s claim that their ability to access or defend their lands had been severely curtailed because of settler guns and army roadblocks.

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Passover Thoughts 5776: Where is God’s Glory?

No Comments 26 April 2016

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

Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

RHR statement on recent arrest of Jewish terror cell

1 Comment 20 April 2016

The Shin Bet today announced the arrest of six settlers and a soldier suspected of attacking Palestinians in the West Bank. RHR responds: Continue Reading

Field Reports, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

THE MANDATE OF THE ARMY TO DEFEND PALESTINIANS MUST BE A PART OF THE ARMY’S NORM

No Comments 10 April 2016

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.

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Education, General, Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Parasha / E-Letter

Every Person Has Their Hour: Purim Thoughts for 5776

1 Comment 23 March 2016

“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

Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

WATCH: Violent settler attempts to attack Palestinian, threatens children & activists

No Comments 23 March 2016

An Israeli resident of the South Hebron Hills was filmed by a Ta’ayush activist as he attempted to attack an elderly Palestinian shepherd, threatened to butcher his children at night, and called to hang human rights activists.

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