Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Press release: High Court demands State explain denial of land access for Palestinians

No Comments 07 December 2016

PRESS RELEASE |DECEMBER 7 2016

Israel’s High Court gives State 60 days to explain why they have denied Palestinian farmers entrance to their lands, taken-over by settler from nearby Shani Livna. Rabbis for Human Rights represented the Palestinian petitioners.

Rabbis for Human Rights: High Court decision contradicts the attitude of Formalization Bill, acknowledging wrong of theft from non-Jews (“gerim”).
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Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Palestinian reports attack by 4 Israelis in West Bank

No Comments 03 December 2016

PRESS RELEASE | DECEMBER 4 2016

Issa Salich, 54, a Palestinian resident of the village Saviiya, south of Nablus, reported he was attacked yesterday (Friday, December 3) around 11:00 am near the entrance of the Palestinian village Sawiya, near the Israeli settlement Eli.

Salich reports that four Israelis emerged from a car that pulled up alongside him and beat him with rods while cursing him. The car then drove off, leaving him laying on the side of the road. 

Salich was admitted to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus with bone fractures (pictures below by Zakaria Sadeh, RHR). Rabbis for Human Rights will demand the security forces quickly investigate the incident.

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Legal Work, Press Releases

UPDATE: High Court orders state to enter planning discussions on future of Dkaika.

No Comments 02 November 2016

PRESS RELEASE | NOVEMBER 2 2016

UPDATE: ISRAEL’S HIGH COURT ORDERS STATE TO ENTER INTO PLANNING DISCUSSIONS ON THE FUTURE OF PALESTINIAN VILLAGE DKAIKA.

Court also ordered halt of demolitions in the village during the 90 days of discussions

In a hearing held today at the High Court of Justice where Rabbis for Human Rights represented the Palestinian village of Dkaika, the Court ruled that both parties (Dkaika residents and the state) must enter into discussions to find a solution regarding planning for the village residents. Meanwhile no new structures should be built in the village and no demolitions should occur. The judges also expressed criticism over the state’s plans to transfer Dkaika residents to the nearby Khmeida village when there is no public benefit or need.

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Field Reports, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Public Action & RHR Pressure lead to removal of roadblocks in Northern West Bank

No Comments 26 September 2016

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Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Lieberman expresses desire to come to agreed upon solution regarding Susya

No Comments 04 September 2016

We are pleased to hear Minister of Defense Lieberman’s statement on his desire to come to an agreed upon solution in regards to the Palestinian village of Susya. We hope that behind this rhetoric of reconciliation stands a sincere intention to find a just solution and not an attempt to divert criticism. Continue Reading

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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