General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

APRIL 28th: RHR Planning Appeal seeks to restore planning authority in Area C to Palestinians

No Comments 20 April 2014

April 17th | PRESS RELEASE

For the first time, a legal appeal seeks to limit the control of the West Bank military regime on the civilian lives of the Palestinians


Why should the military control areas of civilian life, without any security justification,  in a developed country?

The hearing on the petition of several villages and organizations, seeking to restore planning authority to Palestinians in their residential areas in the West Bank, will take place at Israel’s High Court of Justice on April 28. This issue carries aspects of great public importance. Should planning authority be returned to Palestinians, the  need for administrative housing demolitions will be greatly reduced. Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Two systems, two purposes: Military planning system discrimination by numbers

1 Comment 17 April 2014

In most of the area of the West Bank under Israeli control (Area C), a two-tier planning system operates based on ethnic-national background. There is a military planning system without representation of residents for the Palestinians, while the Israeli settlers enjoy a civil and representative planning system. Does this structure lead to discrimination in practice? You bet.


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General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

So too must we remember our promise: Passover thoughts 5774

No Comments 14 April 2014

As we prepare for the celebration of the Passover, the Jewish holiday marking the Israelites’ liberation from Egyptian slavery and the beginning of their cohesion as a “people,” Rabbi Arik Ascherman, senior rabbi and president of RHR, shares his Passover thoughts on the holiday, the horrors of housing demolitions,  and RHR’s upcoming High Court date that could end them for good.

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General, Occupied Territories, Refugees rights - UNHCR

Getting Ready for Pesach! Upcoming seders and donations to the needy

No Comments 08 April 2014

Passover starts next week! We ask you to please take a break or two from your Pesakh cleaning and your holiday preparations to join in on a number of social-justice/human rights oriented seders throughout the country, contribute to Kimkha D’Peskha (donations to the needy), and to donate your khametz.

Kimkha d’Peskha

We are again accepting donations so that so that the less fortunate will be able to celebrate on seder night. Please send checks made out to “Rabbis For Human Rights” and designated for “Kimkha D’Peskha” to Rehov HaRehavim 9, Jerusalem 93462 or online here . Again, please note that your contribution is for “Kimkha D’Peskha.”  If you let us know  the check is in the mail, we can use the money  before it even arrives!

Donate your khametz to non-Jews in need

Through Sunday, we can accept khametz in our office in unopened packages and bottles.  We will help you donate in other parts of the country as well. Email:; Telephone: 02-6482757

Human rights seders throughout the country

2014-04-10 Israel Seders Flyer


Let’s restore the meaning of Pesakh by showing our solidarity with and commitment to the slaves and oppressed of our society:  Since 2007, each year during the week before Passover, a “Refugee Seder” has been held in Levinsky Park in south Tel Aviv, in which refugees and Israelis sit side by side, sharing with one another their own “Exodus” stories, enjoying a warm meal together in tears and in laughter, with bitter herbs and sweet Haroset, celebrating our freedom and aspiring for the freedom of those who are not yet free.

  This year for the first time there  will be two refugee seders in Israel – one in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv and one outside the Holot Detention facility in the Negev desert.

1. Tel Aviv Refugee Seder | THURSDAY APRIL 10 2014

8pm-10pm at Rabin Square.Rabbi Estaban Gottfried, an RHR member, will be speaking.

- Roundcircle discussions with Israelis & refugees
- Musical performances
- Theatrical performance: “One Strong Black”
- And more…

FACEBOOK EVENT HERE. Please register via Facebook event.


2.Holot “Open” Detention Facility in the Negev | FRIDAY APRIL 11 2014

1pm-3:30pm (return before Shabbat)

Rides will be leaving from Levinsky Park in south Tel Aviv at 10:30 am. Pre-registration required!

- Roundcircle discussions with Israelis & refugees
- Musical performances
- Theatrical performance: “One Strong Black”
- And more…


3. “Combatants for Peace” seder | FRIDAY APRIL 11 2014

1pm, Palestinian village of Masara

Combatants for Peace are organizing a seder in the Palestinian village of Masara, as part of the struggle agains the route of the Separation Barrier

FACEBOOK EVENT HERE  Please register in advance here:

For more information: Saar –


Hag sameach!

General, Occupied Territories

At it Again: Settler previously caught red-handed arrested on suspicion of arson

No Comments 01 April 2014

Resident of the settlement Eli arrested on suspicion of setting fire to trees is the same person filmed early this month with a chainsaw in a Palestinian olive grove.


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General, Occupied Territories

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Settler caught after trying to steal horse from Palestinian farmer

No Comments 11 March 2014

Yesterday, a young man from the settlement Kohav HaShahar tried to steal a horse from a Palestinian farmer of Luban Sharkia. The farmer was out working, and his horse was tethered nearby.  The settler apparently got out of a car, took the horse, and began riding him towards the Eli settlement.  The farmer managed to catch the setter and disarm him (He had a knife.). The farmer than  brought the settler with him to the village.  RHR field worker Zakaria Sadah arrived and helped make the arrangements for the Israeli security forces to take custody of the horse thief.  The settler acknowledged that he had been treated decently, given coffee, etc. The settler’s body language in the photos and video indicate that he was not feeling threatened. Photos and video footage below. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Two Palestinians injured by extremists near the village of Murayer

No Comments 09 March 2014

March 6 2014: Two Palestinians attacked with sticks and stones by a group of Israeli extremists near the village of Murayer in the Occupied Territories. The men sustained mild to moderate injuries which required medical care– mostly bruises to their heads and legs. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

For the first time, Palestinians catch extremist with chainsaw trying to cut down trees

8 Comments 05 March 2014

Initial report: Video and photos of extreme right-wing activist caught attempting to cut down trees in the olive groves of the Palestinian village Talpit

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General, Occupied Territories

Helpless against the might of the state: Rabbi Ascherman replies to a friend of Carmel

3 Comments 02 March 2014

The Bedouin village of Umm el-Kheir is just a stone’s throw away from the Carmel settlement in the South Hebron Hills. Its residents live in huts and tents in abject poverty, without water hook-ups or electricity, while the residents of Carmel enjoy an existence resembling life in the suburbs of any Western country.

For a number of years, the shepherds of Umm el-Kheir have struggled against the settlers of Carmel who claim that part of Umm el-Kheir sits on the Jewish settlement. Recently, tensions came to the surface again as settlers planted trees on a ridge– a tactic used in the past to “claim”  their land. The trees were uprooted and as a result, the village shepherds were collectively punished by blocked access to their pastures. Additionally, Carmel settlers physically attempted to prevent the flocks from passing. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Achvat Amim- Solidarity of Nations: Engaging young adults on the conflict

No Comments 27 February 2014

Rabbis for Human Rights is pleased to be partnering with Achvat Amim (“Solidarity of Nations”), an exciting new 5 month long volunteer program for young adults in Jerusalem based on the Jewish values of “tzedek” (justice), “shalom” (peace), “tikkun olam” (repairing the world) and “achvat amim” (solidarity of nations).

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