Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Suspect arrested in connection to assault of Rabbi Ascherman

No Comments 08 November 2015


Response from Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president and senior rabbi of Rabbis for Rabbis for Human Rights,  to the arrest of a suspect in his assault, announced today by the police. Continue Reading

Field Reports, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Palestinian farmers reportedly attacked in N. West Bank, 70 year old man injured

No Comments 27 October 2015

OCTOBER 27th: Palestinians reported that 15 Israelis arrived yesterday (October 27th) around 10am to a Palestinian agricultural area near Elon Moreh and attacked them with rocks and sticks. The Palestinian farmers are from the village Dar al Khattab, and they had been picking olives on their land in coordination with the army. On their way to carry out the attack, the Israelis passed by soldiers who do not stop them; only after the DCO arrived after receiving a report from the group was the violent incident stopped. A 70 year-old Palestinian was lightly wounded from blows to his head. Rabbis for Human Rights Palestinian field worker, Zakaria Sadah, arrived at the scene and coordinated with the army for the safe return of the Palestinian farmers to work in their olive grove.

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Justice in Israel, Press Releases

The struggle against poverty comes to the Knesset

No Comments 21 October 2015

From the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty, on the conference to mark International Day for the Struggle Against Poverty:

Yesterday, 61 members of the Knesset signed a promise to support a bill, to be submitted soon, ensuring disability pension will be paid at a rate comparable to minimum wage.

The event was an initiative of the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty (of which RHR is an active member) along with members of the anti-poverty caucus (MK Ilan Gilon, Eli Elalouf, Ayman Odeh, and Meir Cohen) in collaboration with other organizations. The event was attended by over 300 activists, who participated in about 10 break-away sessions. The event concluded with a major conference attended by Knesset members Amir Peretz, Michal Rozin and Tamar Zandberg. During the day, a number of important statements were made relating to the fight against poverty:

Dr. Daniel Gottlieb, vice president of research and planning for National Insurance Institute:

“If there was an operative and quantitative target for reducing poverty, we would be able to monitor and report on changes, but there is currently such a target.”

Dr. Ronnie Strier, University of Haifa:

“During the conference, all the evidence shows that there are barriers in various aspects for ending the cycle of poverty, and all are a matter of government policies.”

“We have seen how poverty passes from generation to generation. These barriers are not accidental, they are systematic. This is a denial of basic rights. We have to demand our leaders change it.”

During the day’s main conference MK Meir Cohen declared:

“Poverty is an ongoing terrorist attack”.

Raheli an activist from The Joint Haifa Poverty Chain group, a member of the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty:

“MKs have to understand that for them Poverty Day is held one day a year, for us it 365 days a year, a daily reality- MKs should know that we will not give up and continue to fight for a national program to combat poverty. “

MK Alaluf (former Chairman of the Committee for Fighting Poverty):

“There is not enough money in the budget to fulfill the Committee’s conclusions to fight poverty.”

MK Ayman Odeh:

“Even if we are full of fear and despair today, I still remember the summer of 2011 when we walked in Haifa and declared in Hebrew and Arabic ‘The people demand social justice.”

Dr. Daniel Gottlieb, a representative of the National Insurance:

“We oppose the new index for calculating poverty that was introduced in the Arrangements Law. The index is skewed and is not an operational and quantitative target for reducing poverty. “



Field Reports, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Police fail to stop thieves in Palestinian olive groves

2 Comments 20 October 2015

Despite real-time reports and documentation, police fail to stop thieves in Palestinian olive groves

In a pattern that continues each year at the start of the harvest, we have once again witnessed thefts of olives from Palestinian groves. As has occurred previously, once again this is accompanied by the unwillingness of the security forces to take action despite photos taken of the criminals, the crimes taking place in broad daylight, and reports filed in real time.

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Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Series of violent incidents against Palestinians follows recent bloody events

No Comments 04 October 2015


Series of violent incidents against Palestinians in the southern West Bank follows recent bloody events. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Press Releases

Demonstration against work on Jewish Hiran on the ruins of the Bedouin Um el Hiran

1 Comment 26 August 2015


The Coalition of Organizations for the Recognition of the Unrecognized Negev Bedouin Villages

The residents of the Bedouin village of Umm el Hiran and the Regional Council of Unrecognized Villages in the Negev are holding a demonstration and march in the village on Thursday, August 28, 2015 at 11 AM against the beginning of work to build the Jewish community of Hiran on the land of their village after it is demolished

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Occupied Territories, Press Releases

RHR sends letter to defense minister protesting recent wave of home demolitions

No Comments 26 August 2015


The wave of Palestinian house demolitions in the West Bank indicates a failure of the new planning outline in Area C and the pursuit of demolitions instead     

On Sunday Aug 23, 2015, Rabbis for Human Rights sent a letter to the Minister of Defense warning against the widespread wave of Palestinian home demolitions in Area C, which is contrary to the defense establishment’s statements that it allows and is even improving Palestinian development in Area C. The organization, which fought for planning rights for Palestinians, asserts that while the State continues to refuse to make the necessary changes in the planning system, it has stepped up its demolition activity.

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Occupied Territories, Press Releases

After Condemning Jewish Violence Friday, Security Forces Permit it Saturday

12 Comments 02 August 2015



Same Old Games: After Condemning Jewish Violence Friday, Security Forces Permit it on Saturday 


Rabbis for Human Rights: One day after the Israeli security forces condemned murderous violence against Palestinians,  they protect violent settlers near Qusra.  


On Saturday violent far-right activists came from the outpost of Esh Kodesh (“Holy Fire”) to a plot of land cultivated by Palestinian farmers from the village of Qusra. The area is classified “Area B”  and is under  Palestinian civilian control. There is no Israeli administered “state land” present, and there is no legitimate debate regarding ownership of the land the Palestinians  were attempting to work on. Despite it being Shabbat, the right-wing extremists attacked Palestinian farmers in front of Israeli army soldiers, preventing the farmers from completing their agriculture work.  The situation developed into a violent confrontation, and the soldiers present did not try to stop the right-wing extremists, but rather offered them protection.  Later, after the situation had de-escalated, a member of the police attacked Palestinians with a taser gun without cause.




RHR opposes any form of violence while condemning the Israeli security forces’ actions of tacitly permitting violence against Palestinian farmers by Jewish extremists. This behavior is especially egregious since it occurred in Area B.  Only one day after the shocking murder of a Palestinian toddler in the village of Duma, the army’s refusal to respond appropriately to violence by Jewish extremists demonstrates that no lessons have been learned as a result of Ali’s death. Israeli authorities must act decisively and strongly against Jewish violence and terror.


While it is natural that the security forces may identify more with their own people, procedures regarding law enforcement in situations involving violent Israelis must be clearly laid out and consistently implemented.


Photos by Zakaria Sadah, RHR field worker

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Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Wheat belonging to residents of Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya up in flames

1 Comment 29 July 2015

Three dunams of wheat from the Palestinian village Turmus Ayya up went up in flames late yesterday (July 29th 2015) afternoon.

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Legal Work, Press Releases

EU council calls to enable accelerated Palestinian development in Area C

No Comments 22 July 2015

EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting on July 20 2015  included support for Palestinian village of Susya.


Under the title “Council Conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process” the EU Foreign Affairs Council published a statement with the following in clause 5:

” The EU [...] calls on Israel to enable accelerated Palestinian construction, as well as social and economic development in Area C. Such actions will serve to strengthen the prosperity and security of both Israelis and Palestinians. It further calls on Israeli authorities to halt plans for forced transfer of population and demolition of Palestinian housing and infrastructure in the Susya and Abu Nwar communities.”

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