See below for recent updates on the renewed threat to the Palestinian village of Susya.
Palestinians from the village Iskaka near the settlement Ariel report some 250 olive trees cut down by the Israeli army this morning (August 10 2016). Continue Reading
PRESS RELEASE | JULY 31 2016
Update from Umm al Hiran: Six arrested in unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al Hiran yesterday (July 31 2016) morning
PRESS RELEASE | JULY 26 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
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.
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
Photos by Nasser Nawaj’ah of B’Tselem and Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights
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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