Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Press release: Recent gains by RHR in returning lands to Palestinian owners

No Comments 13 February 2015

In recent days and months, RHR has made several significant gains returning land to Palestinian land owners that had either been taken over by settlers, or where settlers made access extremely difficult. A list of several of these gains appears below. In light of the fact that the takeover of agricultural land is proceeding today at a much faster pace than the building of settlements, these successes are very important indicator that it is possible to stop settler encroachment where there is willingness by Israel to honor Palestinian land ownership. Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

WATCH: Rabbi Ascherman interviewed on RHR’s appeal to restore planning rights to Area C

No Comments 13 February 2015

WATCH: Excellent interview with Rabbi Arik Ascheman on our rabbinical petition to urge Netanyahu to withdraw state opposition to our High Court planning appeal against home demolitions! Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Palestinian farmers plant trees and plow land near Nokdim and Kfar Eldad after years of abuse

No Comments 11 February 2015

Video and photos below  from a tree planting and plowing yesterday near the settlements of Nokdim and Kfar Eldad. After a legal battle, RHR’s legal team was able to help Palestinians work their land with army defense after years of abuse.

In the video and photos, the settlement of Kfar Eldad is visible in the background. Continue Reading

Legal Work, Petitions

LISTEN: Rabbi Ascherman on RHR’s rabbinical petition & HCJ appeal with Radio Sputnik

No Comments 10 February 2015

Rabbi Ascherman was interviewed on Monday February 9th 2015 by Radio Sputnik on RHR’s rabbinical petition, signed by over 400 rabbis and cantors, requesting the state withdraw its opposition to RHR’s High Court planning appeal against administrative home demolitions. Continue Reading

Legal Work

Farmers in Jalud valley enter & plow land after years of harassment and threats

No Comments 10 February 2015

On February 3rd,  the farmers of the Musa family whose property lies near the Shilo settlement, in between the unrecognized outposts of Adi Ad, Akhia, Havat Yeshuv, Hadaat, and Kedah, managed to enter and plough some their lands after years of harassment and threats. Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

RHR signs joint statement condemning denial of access for UN Special Rapporteur

2 Comments 26 January 2015

Rabbis for Human Rights has signed onto a joint statement with a number of other NGOs  to Acting Prime Minister Benjamin and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman condemning the government’s decision not to grant entry visa to the UN Special  Rapporteur. Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Wave of administrative demolitions strikes East Jerusalem & West Bank

2 Comments 22 January 2015

The last two days have seen homes and buildings demolished in five Palestinian villages and neighborhoods within Area C of the Occupied Territories or East Jerusalem. To boot,  five houses and nine agricultural structures were demolished today in the Palestinian village Jiftlik, while additional demolitions occurred in Beit Iksa. The demolitions occur because the structures lack building permits. This is especially concerning seeing how times are especially sensitive. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel, Legal Work

In letter to Attorney General, RHR demands illegal sale of public housing apartments stop

No Comments 05 January 2015

On Thursday January 1 2015, Rabbis for Human Rights along with the Public Housing Forum sent a letter to the legal advisor of Israel’s government demanding that, in addition to an investigation of how it happened, the sale of public housing apartments to party affliates of Building Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) be stopped. While thousands of citizens wait years for public housing apartments, these apartments were sold at prices substantially below market value, often to religious institutions.

UPDATE: On the morning of Sunday, January 4th, the Ministry announced the sales are being stopped.

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Below is the letter sent by RHR:


View the letter as a pdf

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The Times of Israel: MKs up in arms over report minister sold public housing

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Israeli news exposes death threats received by RHR worker

No Comments 01 January 2015

Israeli Channel 2 news last night (December 31 2014) exposed recordings of racist death threats made to RHR’s Palestinian field worker, Zacharia Sada: Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Palestinian farmer permitted to plow field at last moment below Esh Kodesh outpost

No Comments 01 January 2015

After months of failed attempts, Palestinian farmer Fawzi Ibrahim of Jalud was able to successfully coordinate with the army permission to access and plow his land just before the ending of the agricultural season, and his last chance to properly work his land. Continue Reading

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