General, Occupied Territories

House of my Dreams: Rabbi Ascherman on the Temple Mount

No Comments 01 March 2015

In an effort to reach new audiences and spark dialogue, this  piece by Rabbi Arik Ascherman on the Temple Mount originally appeared in the Israeli publication Makor Rishon. Makor Rishon is  known for its right-wing, religious readership. 

NOTE: Below is not an exact, word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew, but rather represents what Rabbi Ascherman wishes to express in English. 

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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

Occupied Territories

Settler women with children prevent Palestinian farmers from plowing their land

No Comments 07 February 2015

Zakaria, RHR’s Palestinian field worker, and farmers from Turmos Aya were forced to flee (or use force themselves) when settler women with their children in strollers came from the direction of the Adei Ad outpost, blocked tractors and began banging on Zakaria’s car. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Press Releases

RHR sends send message of hope and solidarity in joint Israeli-Palestinian tree planting

1 Comment 05 February 2015

PRESS RELEASE| FEBRUARY 4 2015

Rabbis for Human Rights and the Olive Harvest Coalition send message of hope and solidarity in joint Israeli-Palestinian tree planting 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

Field Reports, General, Occupied Territories

Tu B’Shevat: Join us as we plant trees in a Palestinian village!

3 Comments 26 January 2015

Please join RHR on Wednesday, February 4th as we plant trees in a Palestinian village for Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish version of Arbor Day.

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Already this year over 5,000 trees belonging to Palestinian farmers have been uprooted or hacked down by Jewish extremists.

Show a different, more compassionate face of Judaism to our Palestinian neighbors & help them plant new olive saplings on Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish version of Arbor Day. Not only is the solidarity so important, the trees themselves will benefit Palestinians for generations to come!

WATCH: FOOTAGE FROM LAST YEAR’S PLANTING!

WE ARE ALSO HOSTING A TU B’SHVAT SEDER! DETAILS TO COME!

*For those concerned about Jewish law surrounding the Sabbatical year (Shmita), there are halakhic opinions allowing planting on lands owned by non-Jews. Additionally, we are also happy to have you come and help prepare the trees for planting, but not do the actual planting itself.

RSVP is a must! Transportation available from Jerusalem, Rosh HaAyin and Tel Aviv. Please see the flier for details.

**UPDATE: We have added a bus from Tel Aviv. It will leave from the Arlozorov station (Sixt lot) at 9am!

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Can’t make it in person? Donate a tree instead! $10 purchases one olive sapling, and makes a real investment in the future of generations of Palestinian to come. Help us reach our goal of donating 2,500 trees!

Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Wave of administrative demolitions strikes East Jerusalem & West Bank

2 Comments 22 January 2015

PRESS RELEASE | JANUARY 22 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

Occupied Territories

Jahalin Bedouin children spruce up the after-school educational center

No Comments 22 January 2015

The following was written by Naama, a volunteer completing her National Service with Rabbis for Human Rights. Part of her responsibilities include supporting Ibtisam, a local Jahalin Bedouin woman, twice a week in her work organizing the after school program for the children in al Jabel (outside of Maale Adumim).  

For a long time Ibtisam has wanted to paint the classroom where she teaches the Jahalin children English and art crafts.  The room was concrete grey and both her and I wanted to make it look nice and joyful for the kids. We first painted the outside and inside white. Next, we painted an unused room  which we plan to use as a second classroom for the smaller children – although we still need to get a few chairs and tables for it. We really need this second classroom since so many children are coming to Ibtisam’s center and they are at varying levels of English.  After we finished painting it all white with the help of  Yehiel (Rabbi Yehiel Greinmann, RHR’s Director of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories) and Ibtisam’s younger brother, we scheduled the last part with the kids for Tuesday right before they were supposed to go back to school from their winter break. When I came with Natanya, whose been volunteering to take me with her car, the girls were so excited to start. We let them choose what they wanted to paint on the wall and we started working. We drew Sponge-Bob, Dora, Tom & Jerry, and a few other drawings they choose from a book.

One day as we were painting together, I asked Ibtisam about the school that the kids go to.  She described it saying, “If you see the children in the morning walking their way to school they would be stooping and frowning, and when they leave school at noon, they are running and cheerful.”  This made me realize how amazing it is then that the kids are coming to Ibtisam to learn after school! There they are, every week,  sitting proudly with their notebooks, gobbling up every word Ibtisam teaches them. Even if they don’t remember everything they learn, their drive to study astonishes me.

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NOTE: On request of the families, the children were only photographer from the back.

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