Occupied Territories

Attempted arson attack in Palestinian village Mizra’a al Qibliya

No Comments 24 November 2015

Palestinians report that around 4am on November 20th, Israeli extremists coming from the direction of the settlements Neria and Talmon threw a firebomb into a home in the Palestinian village of Mizra’a al Qibliya. Rocks were also thrown through a window and Hebrew graffiti was sprayed on the house. Residents were home but thankfully, no one was injured. RHR condemns this senseless violence, and calls for a full investigation into this crime.

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Occupied Territories

WATCH: Memories of this year’s olive harvest!

No Comments 24 November 2015

The olive harvest has come to a close, and we thank all of our wonderful volunteers for joining us in the groves this year. Your presence made a difference, helped ensure farmers were safe, could access their lands, and showed the world that there is, indeed, another way. As a thank you, RHR has put together a short video of memories from this year’s harvest. Enjoy! Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Photos: Honoring our dedicated volunteers and closing the olive harvest season

No Comments 17 November 2015

On Sunday November 15th (3rd of Kislev), RHR recognised the dedication of our volunteers in a special ceremony marking the end of the olive harvest season. The event was held at the Arab-Jewish Community Center in Yaffo. Together, we spoke of the significance of the act of harvesting, and shared our personal thoughts, experiences and reflections from this year’s harvest. RHR staff members Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Yael Vurgan and Zakaria Sadah were present to give a big thank you to all our volunteers whose dedication showed the world that, amidst all the recent tension, it is indeed possible to choose a path of solidarity, fellowship and justice.   Volunteers received certificates and a small plant as a show of our appreciation.  Continue Reading

Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Photos: RHR harvest in Burin and Atara

No Comments 16 November 2015

On November 13th, RHR brought international and Israeli volunteers to harvest olives side-by-side with Palestinian farmers in the West Bank villages of Burin and Atara. Throughout the olive harvest season, we bring volunteers to help farmers with land in areas nearby settlements or outposts known for violence and vandalism against Palestinians and their property. Our presence helps deter attacks, as extremists are much less likely to cause trouble when they know internationals and Israelis are present. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Minor from the settlement of Itamar arrested on suspicion of assaulting Rabbi Ascherman

No Comments 09 November 2015

Reports indicate a minor from the settlement of Itamar has been arrested in connection with assaulting Rabbi Ascherman while armed with a knife on October 23 2015. According to police reports, he confessed and a knife, face mask like the one used in the assault, a military stun grenade, bullets and a slingshot were found in the youth’s home. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Suspect arrested in connection to assault of Rabbi Ascherman

No Comments 08 November 2015


Response from Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president and senior rabbi of Rabbis for Rabbis for Human Rights,  to the arrest of a suspect in his assault, announced today by the police. Continue Reading

Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Rabbis Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman join RHR for the Palestinian harvest

1 Comment 03 November 2015

On November 2nd, Rabbis Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman, among the leaders of the Jewish Renewal Movement (Rabbi Waskow also heads the Shalom Center) blessed us with their presence at the olive harvest in Burin.
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Field Reports, Occupied Territories

PHOTOS: Rabbinical, cantorial & Jewish education students join the harvest in Burin!

1 Comment 02 November 2015

On Friday October 30th, rabbinical, cantorial, and other international students spending the year in Israel participated in the Palestinian olive harvest with RHR in the village of Burin. 

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Occupied Territories

Youtube baselessly removes video of Rabbi Ascherman’s attack

No Comments 02 November 2015

Youtube has removed the video of Rabbi Ascherman’s attack from where it was originally posted with the claim that it was “designed to harass, bully or threaten.” It had received over 150,000 views. Of course this is entirely false, and is most likely the result of a deliberate efforts by others to cover up the truth. We are appealing the removal. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Rabbi Arik Ascherman interviewed by Amy Goodman for Democracy Now!

No Comments 27 October 2015

On October 26th 2015, Rabbi Ascherman was interviewed by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! following the release of a video of him being attacked by an Israeli extremist which went viral. Unfortunately, the satellite feed cut out midway through the interview.

Please click here to read the transcript of the interview.

More on the attack, including photos

Note: Rabbi Ascherman is NOT a co-founder of RHR. He joined five years after it was founded.

"Amy Goodman in 2010" by ChrisEaves.com - Amy Goodman. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons

“Amy Goodman in 2010″ by ChrisEaves.com – Amy Goodman. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons

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