Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Photos: Shepherds from the settlement Susya trespass on private Palestinian lands

No Comments 30 July 2015

Yesterday morning, July 29 2015,  Rabbi Ascherman met Israeli settler shepherds on Palestinian Susya’s land. He writes: Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

CA Senator Dianne Feinstein gives her support to Susya

No Comments 29 July 2015

California Senator Dianne Feinstein has sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to halt the demolitions of Susya, and stating the Israeli Civil Administration should re-examine its rejection of Susya’s master plan, which would authorise building on their land.  Please find the letter below. Continue Reading

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, Occupied Territories

40 British rabbis sign letter to Israeli ambassador in support of Susya

No Comments 28 July 2015

Over 40 British rabbis signed a letter addressed to Daniel Taub, Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, requesting a halt to the impending demolitions in Susya.

Special thanks to Sylvia Rothschild of British Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights for coordinating the letter. Please find the text of the letter below or on the British Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights website. 

"Ambassador Daniel Taub" by Public1london - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

“Ambassador Daniel Taub” by Public1london – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Occupied Territories, Parasha / E-Letter

Between destruction and hope: Rabbi Ascherman’s 5775 Tisha b’Av journey

No Comments 27 July 2015

Tisha b’Av is a fast day in Judaism commemorating many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people – most notably the loss of the First and Second Temples. It is a tragic day and one spent in mourning by Jews throughout the world.

This Tisha b’Av Rabbi Ascherman, president and senior rabbi of RHR, choose to mourn  amidst the threatened demolitions of both Susya and the Israeli-Bedouin village of Umm al Hiran,  the ruins of the village Atir, and the on-going destruction of Al Arakib. Following is a short narrative of his journey followed by photos.  To read about why Rabbi Ascherman choose to commemorate this important Jewish holiday in this way, please read here. 

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General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Rabbis join hundreds protesting in solidarity with Susya!

No Comments 26 July 2015

On Friday July 24 2015, nine buses full of Israelis, internationals, and activists  arrived in the small Palestinian village of Susya in order to show support to the village currently under immediate threat of demolition. The demonstration was one of the largest joint protests in recent history in the Occupied Territories, and was organised by Rabbis for Human Rights along with Israeli NGOs B’Tselem, Combatants for Peace, and Ta’ayush.  Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Friends abroad: Tell the Israeli embassy near you to save Susya!

1 Comment 23 July 2015

There are signs that the pressure being applied on Israel to not demolish Susya is having an effect. We are asking our friends and supporters abroad to please contact the Israel embassy near them, and politely but firmly and passionately ask that justice be done for the residents of Susya. Following is a sample letter that can be sent. Please look here for a list of local embassies. Please keep contacting your elected officials as well. 

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Legal Work, Occupied Territories

LISTEN: Rabbi Ascherman interviewed by Deutsche Welle News on Susya

No Comments 22 July 2015

Rabbi Arik Ascherman, senior rabbi and president of RHR, interviewed on DW news on West Bank demolitions and Susya Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

200 prominent Israelis sign statement in support of Susya

2 Comments 21 July 2015

Over 200 prominent Israelis, including novelists David Grossman, A.B. Yehoshua, and Etgar Keret, sign a public statement published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz (July 20th) against the demolition of Susya! Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Olive saplings destroyed in Palestinian village Turmus Ayya near outpost Adei Ad

No Comments 21 July 2015

An estimated 145 saplings have been uprooted or snapped in half over the last week in Turmus Ayya near the outpost Adei Ad. This is the same location where at least 1,000 saplings were destroyed in January of this year.  Continue Reading

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