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 Zacharia

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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Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Palestinians report 250 olive trees cut down by Israeli army

No Comments 10 August 2016

Initial Report:

Palestinians from the village Iskaka near the settlement Ariel report some 250 olive trees cut down by the Israeli army this morning (August 10 2016). Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Demolitions in Umm el Kheir

No Comments 09 August 2016

Security forces today (August 9 2016) demolished five structures in the Palestinian village of Umm el Kheir, in the West Bank’s South Hebron Hills region. The five structures were funded by the European Union. 27 people, including 16 minors were made homeless as a result. There were additional demolitions today at Sebastia, and early this week at al-Jiftlik and Fasayil. Video and text source: B’Tselem. Source photos: Guy Butavia, Ta’ayush

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Israel has demolished more structures in the first half of 2016 than all of 2015. Click here for more details on soaring demolition number in 2016  from Haaretz.

Occupied Territories

Jahalin children visit the sea!

No Comments 07 August 2016

Here are some photos from our trip to the sea last Monday (August 1 2016) with 53 Jahalin Bedouin kids and mothers from the Abu Nawahr encampment. The outing was organised with  the Comboni sisters, courtesy of Machsom Watch and with the assistance of eleven volunteers from Canadian “Operation Groundswell”. It was a truly international interfaith outing and a wonderful event, ending a successful season of summer camps for these otherwise very deprived children.

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Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Suspension of dialogue between Susya and state leads to new fears of demolitions

1 Comment 26 July 2016


Unilateral and sudden suspension of dialogue between Susya and state leads to new fears of demolitions.
Refusal by the state to continue dialogue regarding the authorization of Susya  implies an increased threat of demolitions occurring to 40% of the village. Were this to occur, the already very difficult humanitarian conditions existing in the village would be greatly exacerbated.

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Occupied Territories

Photos: Jahalin children at summer camps enjoy visit by medical clowns!

No Comments 26 July 2016

On Sunday July 24th, the Jahalin Bedouin children attending summer camps in various locations outside Maale Adumim were treated to a special performance by medical clowns from nearby Bethlehem. The children, of course, loved the show!





More photos and background on the Jahalin summer camps 

Occupied Territories

Young Palestinians from SHH learn about photography & importance of documentation

No Comments 21 July 2016

 On July 20th, a photography workshop was held in the Palestinian village of At-Tuwani, in the South Hebron Hills. The workshop was led by by Ehab Tarabieh (director of photography and video at B’Tselem) and Nasser Nawaj’ah and is a product of a partnership between Rabbis for Human Rights and the Italian project “Operation Dove.”


The aim of these workshops is to train young Palestinian men and women to document events related to their lives under the Israeli occupation. Participating in the workshop are 25 Palestinian women and men from the South Hebron Hill villages of Umm El Kheir, Tuba, Susya and At-Tuwani.

In addition to acquiring basic photography equipment, the Palestinians learned the importance of documenting and providing photographic evidence to human rights organisations working to protect human rights in their region. This evidence they gather will be reviewed and archived, and is critical in that it ensures a basis for legal and other related actions.


The workshop give participants an understanding of the technical and legal aspects of  documentation, showing them various camera techniques and outlining under what circumstances and in what places photography is not permitted. The workshops are empowering for the participants, and they enjoyed meeting and learning together with peers from villages in their region.

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