General, Occupied Territories

The take-over of Palestinian land is not a right vs. left issue

No Comments 25 September 2016

MK Benny Begin has recently demonstrated that the legalization of outposts built on private Palestinian lands is not an issue of the right or left but rather of fairness and humanitarianism. Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel, Occupied Territories

Violations against rights of nationalistic crime suspects must be monitored

No Comments 13 September 2016

RHR to Israel’s Internal Security Service: Human rights violations against those suspected of nationalistic crimes and terrorism must be monitored. Continue Reading

Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Road blockages disrupt lives of 90,000 Palestinians in Northern West Bank

No Comments 07 September 2016

Blockages and barricades in a number of Palestinian villages in the Northern West Bank have disrupted the lives of 90,000 people since Monday evening. The action is an unreasonable form of collective punishment in response to claims by the army of stone throwing on Route 60.    Rabbis for Human Rights has written an urgent request to the army to remove the barricades immediately since they  are disproportionate and in contradiction to a High Court of Justice decision. In addition to disrupting day to day life, the barricades may delay the movement of those in need of medical assistance.

UPDATE [September 11 2016]:

Blockages of Palestinian villages in northern West Bank mostly removed.

Yesterday [Saturday Sept 10 2016], the Israel army removed the major roadblocks disrupting the lives of Palestinians in the Huwara area of the northern West Bank. A small number of the blockages remain on backroads. As part of our ongoing work, Rabbis for Human Rights will pressure the army to also remove them. We will continue to monitor the situation on the ground, observing if the roadblocks will be returned after the celebration of the Muslim holiday of Eid el-Adha.

Below: Children  forced to take a detour when returning to their homes

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Below: Blockages at the entrance to Palestinian village of Burin

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Photos:  Zakaria Sadah, Rabbis for Human Rights field worker

Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Lieberman expresses desire to come to agreed upon solution regarding Susya

No Comments 04 September 2016

We are pleased to hear Minister of Defense Lieberman’s statement on his desire to come to an agreed upon solution in regards to the Palestinian village of Susya. We hope that behind this rhetoric of reconciliation stands a sincere intention to find a just solution and not an attempt to divert criticism. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

“Why are you silent when settler homes are demolished?”

1 Comment 30 August 2016

“What’s the difference between the demolition of Palestinian homes and the demolition of settler homes? Settlers also get their homes demolished, no? “

This is a comment we’ve heard many times. Please find our response to it below.


Yovel outpost, Photo: B’tselem, 2001

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Occupied Territories

Demolition of Khan al Ahkmar Tire School Postponed

No Comments 28 August 2016

On Friday August 26, the Israeli government announced that the demolition of a school of mud and tires built at the Jahalin Bedouin community of Khan al Ahkmar would be postponed for now. This decision came after much local and international outcry against the destruction of the school. Despite any protestations from powerful settlers and settler groups, the school will continue to serve 170 Bedouin children from the impoverished and underprivileged areas around Kfar Adumim.

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General, Occupied Territories

Aid Organizations Perform Vital Work in the Gaza Strip

No Comments 23 August 2016

We, the undersigned human rights organizations in Israel, consider the activity of international aid organizations operating for the benefit of the Gazan residents, who live in a reality of immense distress, to be of high importance. We call upon the State of Israel to refrain from placing obstacles before these humanitarian activities and to be careful not to besmirch the critical work carried out by the community of aid organizations.
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Field Reports, General, Occupied Territories

Israeli Soldiers Leave Palestinian’s Home in Shambles After Seizing It as an Outpost

1 Comment 23 August 2016

Introduction to the Act of Kindness by Rabbis for Human Rights’ field worker,  Zacharia Sadah

A Palestinian farmer, whose house was seized as an IDF outpost and vandalized, will receive compensation from the IDF. The vandalism included damage to property, defecation on furniture, and desecration of a copy of the Quran.

Rabbis for Human Rights, with the aid of our investigator Zacharia Saada, reported on the incident to the IDF and, together with others, pressured the IDF to give compensation to the home owner who was victimized. We see the willingness of the IDF to pay damages and to investigate the incident as a positive and welcome step. In our view, the compensation to the home owner and the punitive measures against those responsible should express the severity of the incident not just from the perspective of the physical damage. It is appropriate that the emotional damage be recognized as well, both in the desecration of a holy book and in the act of vandalism to a private living space. The IDF should also enact deterrence measures to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The seizure of private homes for security requirements (known as the “grass widow tactic”) is widespread in the Territories.

General, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Update on Susya High Court hearing

3 Comments 18 August 2016

See below for recent updates on the renewed threat to the Palestinian village of Susya.

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Occupied Territories


3 Comments 16 August 2016

Wednesday: Demonstration against the demolition of the Jahalin Bedouin school in Khan al Ahkmar (near the Kfar Adumim settlement and the E1 area) 

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