Before a petition goes to court, the state first sends its arguments to the petitioners. Read on for a summary of the state’s response to the Area C Planning Appeal petition set to be heard at the High Court Monday April 28th. Continue Reading
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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