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Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Thanks to all who helped make our 2018 tree planting so special!

1 Comment 11 February 2018

In the spirit of fellowship & Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish holiday for planting trees, Rabbis for Human Rights in a joint effort with Truah, donated dozens of olive saplings to Palestinian landowners from the village of Awarta on Friday February 9th. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Under cover of prayer, extremists vandalize Palestinian vehicles & disrespect graves

No Comments 22 January 2018

Palestinians report that extremist settlers damaged five vehicles in the village of Awarta. The vandals appear to have exploited permissions granted by the army to 500 Jews to enter a holy site near Awarta for prayer. It is not yet clear to us how a few of them managed to bypass the army security and damage the cars. The army indicated to the field director of Rabbis for Human Rights that an investigation would be launched. Continue Reading

Field Reports, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Start of West Bank harvest marred by severe wave of olive theft

No Comments 17 October 2017


In four cases, the extremist Israeli thieves were caught and detained for questioning. In many other cases,  the perpetrators were not apprehended.
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Field Reports, Occupied Territories

A (rainy) day of harvesting olives in the Yanoun Valley

No Comments 16 October 2017

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, the director of Organizational Development at Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR), reflects on his experience taking out volunteers for the olive harvest early this season. Rabbi Grenimann has been involved with RHR in a number of capacities since its founding in 1988 and has developed meaningful relationships with Palestinians and Bedouin individuals all over the region, as reflected in his words below.  Continue Reading

Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Olive Harvest 2017: Incidents of violence & olive stealing in harvest’s first week

No Comments 15 October 2017

Last week, the second week of October, Rabbis for Human Rights began assisting Palestinian olive farmers with their harvesting in Area C near Israeli settlements and outposts. Our presence in the groves deters extremist settlers from violence while ensuring the army does not place unnecessary and unfair restrictions and limitations on the farmers’ right to harvest. Continue Reading

Field Reports, General, Occupied Territories

Field Report: 2016 Olive Harvest

No Comments 14 November 2016

Please see below for a summary of this year’s olive harvest.

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Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Field Report: Winter 2016 Ploughing and Planting

No Comments 13 June 2016

This winter, RHR assisted Palestinian farmers in over a dozen villages exercise their court-mandated right to safely and completely plough and plant on their agricultural lands located near settlements or outposts. RHR’s field team assists these farmers by providing a protective presence in situations where there is a threat of settler violence, and by assisting them in coordinating with the Israeli army for both access and protection in certain areas. Sometimes coordination is required with the army, and sometimes Palestinians request it out of fear for their safety.  Continue Reading

Field Reports, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Field Report: RHR’s 2014 Olive Harvest

No Comments 14 December 2014

Every fall, Rabbis for Human Rights brings hundreds of volunteers to work side-by-side with Palestinian farmers during our Olive Harvest campaign. Our presence provides protection against possible settler intimidation, enables farmers to pick within the limited number of days that they can safely do so, and has also become an act of solidarity between Israeli Jews and Palestinians. As the fall 2014 harvest season comes to a close, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann,director of RHR’s Department of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, updates us on how it went. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Recurring Attacks on Palestinian Plowing: March 2013 Report

1 Comment 17 April 2013

“They also placed metal spikes on the ground that punctured the tires of the tractors.” | cc: wikimedia

Rabbis for Human Rights has been in contact throughout the plowing season with Palestinian landowners from the villages Jit, Far’ata, Aimtan, Sara, Tel, Kufr Kadum, Burin, Madma, Hawara, ‘Urif, Ein Abus, Awarta, Beit Furik (above the Itamar settlement), Rujib, Salem, Dir Hatib, Azmut, Sinjil, Karyut, Mahms (near Migron) and Mureir. Despite our repeated requests of Israeli security forces to protect the Palestinian plowing, there is still tremendous disorder. There have been repeated attacks, such as: blocked access to agricultural lands but both settlers and soldiers; attacks by settlers; uprooting and cutting down of trees; attacks on herders; damage to equipment and more. A significant number of farmers are still waiting for approval to enter their lands to plow.

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General, Occupied Territories

Harassments During Harvest, Damaging Fruit Orchards and New Demolition Orders to Hirbet Tuba: Rabbi Yehiel Grenimanns’s Report on Rabbis for Human Rights’ Activities in the OT

No Comments 19 June 2012

No access to Palestinian farmers to their lands.| cc: flickr – Reaper with Sickle (after Millet)  By artanonymous

 A. Wheat Harvest:

    Yanoun: There is a dirt road that leads eastwards in the direction of the Jordan valley. Settlers from one of the outposts of Itamar, apparently “Hill 777” next to Upper Yanoun (called “the Gidonim” area by the army) attack every Palestinian farmer who attempts to pass. There is no other way to reach 200 dunams of wheat fields in that area. A conversation with the head of the DCO led to an official response that “no one, neither settlers nor Palestinians  will pass there as the area is subject to friction…” but in fact the settlers  frequent the area without problems from the army.

In Awarta the wheat harvest has been completed without any problems. In the village of Farrata they also finished the wheat harvest without incident. In Burin in the area near the Shomron army base, where there have often been problems in past years, the wheat was harvested without interference.

The problems bringing in the harvest in the South Hebron Hills have already been reported elsewhere (fires, attacks, bureaucratic obstacles). Unlike the small gains in the Shomron, the Judea region has seen no improvement in coordination.  Enforcement of Palestinian rights to work the land in area C however, still leaves a lot to be desired throughout the West Bank, as the settlements continue to expand there.

 B. Problems of Access and Vandalism to Trees:

In the village of Dir Amar, next to the Jewish settlements Neriya and Nahniel, Palestinian farmers discovered during a coordinated plowing day on 12th June, 20012 that 60 old olive trees had been damaged, many of them completely cut down. The  suspicion is that the source of this vandalism is from one of the settlements in the area, but since there are so many difficulties coordinating plowing there it is difficult to know when exactly this act of destruction was carried out. Nevertheless, and with our encouragement, a complaint was lodged with the police in Modiim, who sent the owners on to Beth El to produce documents to prove ownership. (This is how the labyrinth of the occupation bureaucracy makes life impossible for these farmers, leading  many to give up any hope of justice.)

New orders to expel shepherds  from the grazing lands east of the Alon road – the area adjacent to the village of Mureir – have been issued. We will investigate the extent of the problem and report back.

In the picture, Clowns Without Borders who will volunteer in summer camps we organize for the Jahalin children

In the picture, Clowns Without Borders who will volunteer in summer camps we organize for the Jahalin children

C. Summer Camps with the Jahalin:

Our preparations for Jahalin summer camps continue. We donated an awning (500 shekels ) for use at the Jabel camp next to Azaria and will soon be purchasing arts and crafts materials. Any earmarked donation for sports equipment or food for the kids (there are 60+) during the camp is very welcome.  The camp, led by a local Bedouin teacher and her sisters,  will run this year from June 24th until July 12th on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m until 12:00 a.m.

We are looking for additional volunteers, preferably youngor youngat heart, Arabic-speaking, with special summer camp skills (arts, music, sports…) to donate their time and energy. Transport will be provided.  For more information and registration contact Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann050-2110639 or Yohanatan Shefa 050-2025997.

There will be another 4 or 5 summer camps running at the same time at Khan El Achmar, Abu Hindi, Anata and possibly Abu Nawahr to which we have been invited to contribute if we have enough resources. These camps are being run by our colleagues from Vienta de Tierra or  the Combini Sisters  with whom we have cooperated over the years. UNRWA, YMCA and “Clowns Without Borders” are also assisting.

We will be looking for volunteers later this summer – end of July and early August to participate in a project in the South Hebron Hills of repair and renewal of water cisterns in the area. Anyone interested in helping please leave contact details at the RHR office by the end of June: telephone 02-6783611 Note: this will entail strenuous early morning physical work.

D. Tuba in South Hebron Hills just received five new Demolition orders (18.6.2012)

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