General, Occupied Territories

August demolitions in the Jordan Valley/E1 leave 167 homeless

1 Comment 30 August 2015

Even in terms of the West Bank, the living situation of the clan of Obyait is a particularly difficult one.

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Occupied Territories

Volunteers needed: The olive harvest is coming!

1 Comment 30 August 2015

Among the many topics discussed in last week’s Torah portion (Ki Teitzei), the olive harvest is mentioned (Deut. 24:20)!  This year, Rabbi Ascherman, president and senior rabbi of RHR,  is again assuming personal responsibility for RHR’s accompaniment of farmers during the  harvest, and we need you in the field! Please help us update our volunteer lists by contacting our office and providing your email and phone number/s: 02-6482757, Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Press Releases

RHR sends letter to defense minister protesting recent wave of home demolitions

No Comments 26 August 2015


The wave of Palestinian house demolitions in the West Bank indicates a failure of the new planning outline in Area C and the pursuit of demolitions instead     

On Sunday Aug 23, 2015, Rabbis for Human Rights sent a letter to the Minister of Defense warning against the widespread wave of Palestinian home demolitions in Area C, which is contrary to the defense establishment’s statements that it allows and is even improving Palestinian development in Area C. The organization, which fought for planning rights for Palestinians, asserts that while the State continues to refuse to make the necessary changes in the planning system, it has stepped up its demolition activity.

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Occupied Territories

FRIDAY: Six years of struggle against the expropriation of Sheikh Jarrah and E. Jerusalem!

No Comments 25 August 2015

From Free Jerusalem:


Occupied Territories

Photos: Last day of summer camp at Abu Nawahr

No Comments 18 August 2015

Last week saw the end of RHR’s two week summer camp for the Jahalin children of Abu Nawahr. It was an extremely successful session, and everyone – including our volunteers and teachers – had a marvellous time.  Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Monday: Selichot prayers at Tel HaShomer hospital

1 Comment 16 August 2015

With the arrival of the Jewish month of Elul – a month dedicated to repentance before the High holidays – Tag Meir is organizing a selichot prayer event at the Sheba-Tel HaShomer hospital, where Riham and Achmed Dawabshe are being treated. Two weeks ago they were critically injured in an arson attack, believed to be perpetrated by Jewish extremists,  that killed the father of the family and their toddler son. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Photos: Music workshop with Jahalin Bedouin children

No Comments 13 August 2015

The Jahalin children at RHR’s summer camp in Abu Nawahr 1 and Abu Nawahr 2  were treated this week to a music workshop run by Danny Felsteiner Mekori of Musicians without Borders. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

After being prevented last week by settlers, Palestinian farmers successfully work land

No Comments 10 August 2015

With army coordination, Palestinian farmers from Kusra were able to develop land in Area B yesterday (August 10 2015) after being prevented from doing so last week by settlers. The settlers, who came from the nearby outpost Esh Kodesh,  shouted and stood in front of the equipment  which led to a confrontation between settlers, the Palestinians and the Israeli authorities.  Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Media round-up: “Viral” photo of our field worker Zakaria Sadah

No Comments 09 August 2015

A photograph taken by Israeli photographer Shaul Golan showing Rabbis for Human Rights’ Palestinian field worker, Zakaria Sadah, the mayor of the Palestinian village Kusra, and an Israeli policewoman has been shared thousands of time online, and been featured in a number of media publications.

Image by Shaul Golan

Image by Shaul Golan

The photo shows Zakaria and the mayor of Kusra protecting the frightened Israeli policewoman during a conflict between Palestinians from Kusra and settlers from the outpost of Esh Kodesh.  The video of the incident can be seen below, while the full story can be read here (as some of the news outlets did not report the specifics correctly). 


Below is a (non-comprehensive) round-up of English media covering this incident. 

Two Palestinian men called “traitors” after they protected a female Israeli police officer during a violent confrontation
The Blaze, Sharona Schwartz, August 3 2015

A picture of hope and courage
Times of Israel blog, Roi Ben- Yehuda, August 4 2015

Were Palestinians really protecting Israeli policewoman from settlers?
Israellycool, Aussie Dave, August 5th 2015

Israeli policewoman protected by Palestinians as settlers throw rocks at authorities
The Independent, Michael Segalov, August 6 2015

Here’s why these Palestinians protected an Israeli policewoman
The Huffington Post, Katie Sola, August 7 2015

Photo of Palestinian men protecting Israeli policewoman goes viral
Al Arabiya News, August 7 2015

Photo of Palestinians protecting Israeli policewoman goes viral
I24 news, August 8 2015

Photo of Palestinian men protecting Israeli policewoman goes viral
Middle East Monitor, August 8th 2015 (From Al Arabiya news)



Full explanation from Rabbis for Human Rights on the context of the photo

Full details on the incident near Kusra 


General, Occupied Territories

Rabbis for Human Rights mourns the murder of Sa’ad Dawabshe

No Comments 09 August 2015

Rabbis for Human Rights mourns the murder of Sa’ad Dawabshe one week after sustaining serious injuries in an arson attack that killed his 18 month old son, and seriously injured his wife and other son. We continue to pray for the recovery of his wife and son, still in serious condition in the hospital. Continue Reading

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