Justice in Israel, Press Releases

The Forum for Public Housing presents Public Housing Day at the Knesset

No Comments 11 July 2016

PRESS RELEASE | JULY 11 2016

The Forum for Public Housing presents Public Housing Day at the Knesset: Marking the Crisis of the Million

Invitation to cover: Public Housing Day in the Knesset on July 12 2016 will be led by MKs Orli Levy Abekasis, Dov Hanin, Stav Shafir, Ilan Gilon, Itzik Shmuli, Eli Cohen and Omer Bar Lev  Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Rabbis for Human Rights’ position on the Irregular Water supply in the Settlements

No Comments 30 June 2016

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Photo: Village of a-Duqaiqah, South Hebron Hills, not hooked up to water grid; villagers purchase water from water-trucks, paying 4 times as much as the average water tariff for private use in Israel. By Nasser Nawaj’ah, B’Tselem

 

 We have recently been asked why we are not working on the irregular supply of water to the settlements amidst this heat wave. Our response:

The provision of a regular water supply to a community regardless of the residents’ ethnic or religious identity is a very serious matter. So long as the settlements are facts on the ground, we must protect the rights of their residents. Our operating principle as an organization are such:

Just as an organization which distributes food focuses on those who do not have food, it should come as no surprise that a human non-governmental rights organisation focuses on those who have no representation in the government. In Israel, this means Palestinians and people living in poverty, both Jewish and Arab. The settlers, on the other hand, are overrepresented in the government relative to their ratio in the general population. We are therefore certain that this representation will make every effort possible in order to find an appropriate solution to this serious issue. However, if the government is still unable to come to an acceptable solution, you are welcome to contact us and we will see what we can do. Even so, if senior ministers such as Naftali Bennett and Uri Ariel, who represent the settlers, have been unsuccessful, it is doubtful that a small NGO will have the power to change things. We very much hope this unfortunate situation will soon be resolved for the entire population.

As for our efforts, we are working with Palestinian villages in Area C that are under full Israeli responsibility and control regarding civilian matters, and of which many are not connected to water infastructure year round. Israel, who is responsible for civilian affairs in Area C, not only refuses to connect these villages to the water infastructure, but also prevents Palestinian initiatives to develop water infastructures and solutions. Even wells for collecting rain water are regularly destroyed. Additionally, another 220 Palestinians enclaves not in Area C, initially designed as a temporary phase, are dependent on Israel and also subsist with almost no water sources.

The principle that one must provide special assistance to those that do not have power in the governing institutions that impact their lives is also rooted in Judaism. For example Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, one of the fathers of modern Orthodoxy, warns of a situation wherein the strong take it upon themselves to decide for the weak and the voiceless.

General, Press Releases

RHR statement regarding recognition by Mahmoud Abbas of false well-poisoning claims

4 Comments 26 June 2016

Mahmoud Abbas

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General, Press Releases

RHR’s responds to gov’t claim that demolition of homes of Abu Khdeir’s murderers unnecessary

1 Comment 20 June 2016

In the summer of 2014, Mohammad Abu Khdeir, a Palestinian teen from East Jerusalem, was brutally murdered by three Jewish Israelis in a nationally motivated crime that Israel has officially recognized as “terrorism.” The family of the victim has since called for the family homes of the murderers to be demolished, as is done to the families of Palestinian terrorists. In a recent letter, the Ministry of Defense denied the need for this action. Please see below for Rabbis for Human Rights’ response to the Ministry of Defense: Continue Reading

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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General, Press Releases

NGO Bill a tool for ideological persecution of human rights and left leaning organizations

No Comments 07 June 2016

The current NGO Bill (AKA “Mark of Cain Bill”) currently being pushed through advanced legislative procedures in the Knesset will not apply to Rabbis for Human Rights. Most of our funding is from Jewish communities, synagogues and international foundations and not from friendly foreign governments. We won’t be effected by this law, which is actually a tool of ideological persecution, and as such, there is no reason to suspect that we have a personal stake when we ring warning bells against the dangers of it.

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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Press Releases

Survey: Most Jewish Israelis are in favor of legitimizing the Bedouin unrecognized villages

No Comments 24 May 2016

PRESS RELEASE | MAY 24 2016

Ahead of a report on the Negev Bedouin expected to be published later today by Israel’s Comptroller, Rabbis for Human Rights is releasing the results of a recent survey conducted for us regarding the Jewish public’s stance on this issue. This survey clearly demonstrates that Israeli Jews have an egalitarian approach towards Arab citizens of Israel despite their government’s discriminatory positions against them.
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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

Justice in Israel, Press Releases

Amendments to Public Housing Transparency Bill passed in huge win for tenants

No Comments 31 March 2016

PRESS RELEASE | MARCH 30 2016

The Amendments to the Public Housing Transparency Bill passed, the Forum for Public Housing celebrates an end of abuse and harassment of public housing tenants 

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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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