Field Reports, Occupied Territories

RHR ensures Palestinian farmers safely plough their lands

No Comments 23 March 2017

Photos yesterday of Rabbis for Human Rights field staff assisting Palestinian farmers from the village of Far’ata as they plow their fields. Many of the lands owned by the village are near the illegal outpost of Havat Gilad. Weeks ago, farmers from the same village reported an attack by extremists as soldiers stood by.

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Field Reports, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Army orders Palestinian to stop agricultural work after extremist attack

No Comments 22 March 2017

Breaking: Army orders Palestinian farmers from Burin to abandon their coordinated ploughing due to attacks on them by extremist settlers 

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Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Palestinians report attack by soldiers as they worked on a road in Area B

No Comments 12 March 2017

The soldiers withdrew after Rabbis for Human Rights’ field worker contacted the DCO (local authorities of the Israeli army in charge of contact with the PA). The soldiers apparently denied any use of riot control measures against the Palestinians, but our documentation shows clouds of tear gas on the scene as well as shells of tear gas canisters.  Continue Reading

Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Palestinian farmers report attack by Israeli extremists as soldiers stand by

No Comments 06 March 2017

Palestinian farmers from the Area C village of Far’ata reported that a short while ago (March 6 2017), they were attacked by Israelis coming from the direction of the Havat Gilad outpost as they plowed their land in coordination with the army. Soldiers were present but reportedly did not intervene or attempt to stop the attackers. Continue Reading

Field Reports, General, Occupied Territories

Repeated attacks on Palestinian students in South Hebron Hills

No Comments 26 February 2017

Last Wednesday (February 15 2017), international activists reported another attack on Palestinian students on their way to school in the village A Tuwani by Israeli extremists coming from the direction of the illegal outpost Havat Maon. Attacks on Palestinian students in the region have become so routine that an army patrol jeep has been tasked to escort the students and increase their efforts to apprehend the perpetrators. Yet, as far as we know, security forces have not ramped up their efforts to catch those responsible,  while the patrol itself often does not show up to provide  protection to the students, forcing them to decide between taking the risk of possibly being attacked, or accruing frequent classroom absences.

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Field Reports, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Occupied Territories

Tu B’Shevat tree planting 5777: Trees of Hope in Turmous Ayya & Umm al Hiran!

1 Comment 13 February 2017

In honor of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish “new year” for the trees, Rabbis for Human Rights once again brought Israeli and international volunteers to plant “trees of hope” as an act of solidarity against Jewish extremism and discrimination against “the other.” Continue Reading

Field Reports, General, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

February 10: Tu B’Shevat tree planting with Palestinians and Bedouin!

No Comments 30 January 2017

PRESS RELEASE | JANUARY 6 2017

Rabbis for Human Rights invites you to celebrate Tu B’Shevat with us on February 10th at our annual tree planting with Palestinians in the occupied territories, and at Bedouin village Umm al Hiran! 

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Rabbis for Human Rights will hold tree planting events in order to celebrate the Jewish “New Year of the Trees” (Tu B’Shevat) in a West Bank Palestinian village where olive trees were uprooted, and in the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev. The event in Umm Al Hiran will be held in a partnership with the Negev Recognition Forum and Oz Veshalom-Netivot Shalom, the Orthodox-Jewish religious peace organization; and Rabbinical students from T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, will participate in the event. Both events will take place on Friday February 10th.

Event in the West Bank

Every year, Rabbis for Human Rights donates olive trees to Palestinian villages where extremist settlers have previously uprooted or destroyed olive trees. Once again on Tu B’Shevat of 5777 [2017], we will join these farmers in the field, helping them put the trees in the ground.

Together with volunteers from both Israel and from Jewish communities across the world, we show a different face of Judaism and express our condemnation of the injustice perpetrated against Palestinian farmers and their agriculture. Returning trees to the ground acts as a powerful symbol of hope for peace between the two peoples!

Olive trees are integral to life in the West Bank. According to OCHA , around 183,000 hectares of land in occupied territories are cultivated for agriculture, nearly half of it for olive trees, mostly in the North and Northwest West Bank. “Between 80,000 and 100,000 families are said to rely on olives and olive oil for primary or secondary sources of income and the sector employs large numbers of unskilled laborers and approximately 15 per cent of working women.” Olive trees connect the Palestinian people to their land and their ancestors, provide income and substance for generations, and are an important symbol of Palestinian culture.

Transportation leaving from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem at 8am with an estimated return at 2pm. It will be available based on the number of participants who sign up. RSVP REQUIRED!!!!  Register here 

Facebook event here

The Tree Planting event in Umm El Hiran:

This coming Friday (10/2) 14th of Shvat, we will also conduct a symbolic tree planting in the yard of the mosque in Umm El Hiran at 10.00 a.m. We will be there to strengthen and express our solidarity to the community.

The unrecognized Bedouin village has recently been in the news because of the Israeli Government`s plan to expel its residents to the township of Hura; and also because of the tragic death there of a police officer and a resident of the village in the action to begin the destruction of the village.

The planting is in cooperation with “Negev Recognition Forum” and with the “Oz VeShalom” movement; and Rabbinical students from T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, will participate in the event.

Transportation & registration  From Beit Shmuel, Jerusalem on Friday, 8:00 a.m. It is possible to contact our office tel. 02-6482757 regarding possible transportation from other places and we will inform you if there will be transportation from Tel Aviv. To sign up, please call our office at 02 -6482757 or email at [email protected]

 

Not in the area or can’t make it? Donate a tree instead! Just $10 purchases an olive sapling. Go here to donate, and be sure to choose “olive tree campaign” in the pull down menu titled projects.

Field Reports, Occupied Territories

10 mature olive trees chopped down in Turmous Ayya

1 Comment 18 January 2017

Ten mature olive trees in the Palestinian village of Turmous Ayya were recently found chopped down not far from the outpost Adi Ad. Encryptic graffiti was sprayed including the word “revenge” and relating the destruction to illegal outposts as an act of “mutual responsibility.”  Continue Reading

Field Reports, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

PALESTINIAN FARMERS SUCCESSFULLY ACCESS THEIR LAND NEAR AVIGAYIL OUTPOST

1 Comment 15 January 2017

A month ago, Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) demanded at the High Court that Palestinian farmers from the village Yatta be permitted to access and plough their lands adjacent to the illegal outpost Avigayil in the South Hebron Hills. Continue Reading

Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Palestinians report 166 olive saplings uprooted in Turmous Ayya

No Comments 13 December 2016

Palestinians reported that yesterday, December 12 2016, 166 olive tree saplings were uprooted from the agricultural lands of Palestinian village Turmous Ayya. We are currently investigating the complaint, and are coordinating with the Israeli security forces. The High Court, in 2006, set a precedent mandating Israeli authorities to ensure the safety of Palestinian farmers on their lands in Area C of the occupied territories.  Continue Reading

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