General, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Urgent letter: Cellular warning service not available in Bedouin communities

No Comments 30 July 2014

Yesterday (July 29th 2014), Rabbis for Human Rights and other organizations promoting rights for Bedouins in the Negev sent an urgent letter to the Home Front Command, protesting that the cellular rocket fire warning service is not available in unrecognized Bedouin communities.

The disturbing situation in which communities lack both protected areas and sirens  is difficult to remedy in the immediate future, but it seems that the absence of a cellular warning is an easier matter to fix. Therefore,  it’s all the more puzzling to us that the system is not programmed to provide warnings to citizens of these communities. “Disputes over planning issues are no reason to disregard human life,” argue the signatories to the letter: Rabbis for Human Rights, the Forum for Unrecognized Villages in the Negev, and AJEEC-NISPED. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Rabbis for Human Rights statement on Operation Protective Edge

No Comments 15 July 2014

“That be far from You to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked”

On the Right to Self Defense and its Limitations

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Rabbis for Human Rights is guided by the paramount Jewish value of preserving every human life. We totally reject deliberate destruction and bloodshed. Judaism appreciates efforts to preserve life even in the heat of battle, both by developing defense methods and by efforts not to target helpless non-combatants. “Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous along with the wicked” (Genesis 18:25) Continue Reading

General, Press Releases, Refugees rights - UNHCR

PRESS RELEASE: Authorities Violently Break-up African Asylum Seeker Protest Camp

No Comments 05 July 2014

PRESS RELEASE | JUNE 30 2014


Reports of violence against asylum seekers and Israeli human rights activists during the “Freedom March” protest in a forest near Nitzana.

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On Sunday (June 29 2014) evening, hundreds of African asylum seekers were evacuated from a forest next to the village of Nitzana near Israel’s border with Egypt. The asylum seekers were violently evacuated by riot police forces and Immigration Department agents, as well as people in civilian dress, apparently civilian security officers from surrounding villages. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Human Rights Organizations: “Refrain from Collectively Punishing Palestinians.”

No Comments 22 June 2014

22.06.2014
PRESS RELEASE – for Immediate Publication

Human Rights Organizations: “Refrain from Collectively Punishing Palestinians.”

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IMAGE:  An Israeli soldier searches a Palestinian vehicle at a checkpoint near the West Bank City of Hebron. Baz Ratner, Reuters via B’tselem

Concern that many of the military’s actions in the Occupied Territories do not directly serve the aim of locating and returning the three abducted Israelis and are severely and unnecessarily violating basic human rights. Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Supreme Court orders participation of Palestinians in planning and zoning processes in Area C

1 Comment 28 April 2014

PRESS RELEASE | April 28th 2014 
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Israeli Supreme Court orders participation of Palestinians in planning and zoning processes in Area C of the West Bank.

Jerusalem, April 28th: The Supreme Court gave an interim decision today in response to an appeal brought by Rabbis For Human Rights, ICAHD, JLAC, St. Yves and the Palestinian village of Ad-Dirat- Al-Rfai’ya requesting that planning authority be returned to Palestinians living in Area C.  The decision ordered the State to propose, within ninety days,  institutionalized ways to facilitate participation of local Palestinians in Area C in the planning processes that affect their lives.  Justices Rubinstein, Handel, and Solberg also expressed dissatisfaction with the current planning situation and rejected the state’s argument that participation of Palestinians exists in the current system and therefore the status quo ought to remain. Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

RHR: The Palestinian’s right to build should not be conditional on political negotiations.

2 Comments 28 April 2014

 Basic humanitarian needs and the right to develop should never be conditional upon political agreements or negotiations, and cannot be denied because of the suspension of the diplomatic talks with the Palestinian Authority. Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Former Head of Military Planning in West Bank: Palestinian Representation needed

1 Comment 26 April 2014

In an affidavit supporting RHR’s High Court petition to be heard April 28 2014, Shlomo Hayat, the Head of the Planning Bureau in the West Bank from 1971-1980, offers criticism of the military planning system and offers his support of RHR’s High Court planning appeal.

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Occupied Territories, Press Releases

4 Palestinian Children attacked, one badly injured, by Israeli Extremists

4 Comments 24 April 2014

Israeli settlers attacked with stones four Palestinian children who were returning home from school with their mother

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General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

APRIL 28th: RHR Planning Appeal seeks to restore planning authority in Area C to Palestinians

No Comments 20 April 2014

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

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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

General, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

For the first time, Palestinians catch extremist with chainsaw trying to cut down trees

8 Comments 05 March 2014

Initial report: Video and photos of extreme right-wing activist caught attempting to cut down trees in the olive groves of the Palestinian village Talpit

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