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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.

Rabbi Yehiel Greinman Continue Reading

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)

General, Occupied Territories

Plowing with army protection on their own lands but not during the “Festival of Freedom”

No Comments 09 April 2012

“Many villages were given four days to complete their plowing before the Jewish holiday and told there would not be security for them to continue plowing during the week of Pesach.” | Illustration – Plough To Propeller  cc: flickr By Martin Pettitt

In most places the plowing has progressed without serious hitches this past week (the week before Pesach). Many villages were given four days to complete their plowing before the Jewish holiday and told there would not be security for them to continue plowing during the week of Pesach. Some contacts such as in El Genia, Awarta, complained that this is not enough time to plow adequately. In El Genia our intervention led to an army promise of more days after the festival, despite an initial threat of “no more days”.

According to our local contact in Awarta there was an incident there last Thursday (5th April) in which three settlers, apparently from Itamar, came down, one with a fierce dog, shooting into the air and attempted to frighten the plowers away. The army was called and their intervention prevented the incident getting out of hand, but the farmers remain reluctant to plow there without any  army protection, which as of this report is no longer scheduled in the area.

wishing all our supporters Happy Pesach and Easter!

Yehiel

General, Occupied Territories

A new police force in the settlements

No Comments 06 December 2011

Graffiti Police Art Design ” Graffiti Banksy “. 2010

A group of jurists and human rights activists, accompanied by Palestinians, was detained this week without authority by settlers and an IDF officer. The police were called,  but did not help the delegation, and its members remained helpless during an unnecessary questioning by an IDF officer.  The settlers started to act as the police and demanded to see the IDs of the delegation members (and indeed photocopied them). Read how the police, IDF and the settlers work together while the rule of law is absent. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Experiences from the Olive Harvest

1 Comment 25 October 2011

Rabbi Yehiel Grenniman Recounts Experiences from the Olive Harvest. Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Ushpizin | Thoughts on Intimacy and Compartmentalization | Injustice at the Harvest

No Comments 18 October 2011

Harvest at Awarta

Parashat Hashavua “Bereshit” | What Will Be | What Was | Torah Thoughts

Following is Dvar Torah for this week’s parasha, Parashat Bereshit, written by Rabbi Dalia Marx. We will be happy if you will join, the coming week, the olive harvest and watch our activities in the Jerusalem encampment (Hebrew). Hag Samech Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

The Achievements and the Difficulties of the Activity to Maintain Human Rights in the OT

4 Comments 30 August 2011

cc: Activstills. Demonstration against the Wall in Al Walaja, 27.06.2011: A group of Palestinians, Israelis and internationals demonstrate in front of Har Gilo settlement in the village of Al Walaja following this week decision of the Israeli Supreme Court to reject petition of Al Walaja residents to change the route of the Wall, 27.06.2011. The march to the settlement was stopped by Israeli soldiers. Four Israeli activists were arrested. Photo by: Anne Paq/Activestills.org
Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann describes the achievements and the difficulties of the activity to maintain human rights in the occupied territories. Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Something is Happening Out There | Rabbis Against Price Tags | Shavuot Thoughts: Human Rights Were Designed For the Real World

No Comments 14 June 2011

Parashat Hashavua “Shlach Lecha”: What Will Be, What Was and Tora Thoughts

Last Wednesday activists of Taayosh (we do not work on Saturdays and holidays) successfully accompanied residents of Um El Chir, a village in South Hebron Hills, to the fields to herd their sheep. Unfortunately, there is a cooperation agreement between Israelis from Karmel settlement, who harass the Palestinian  shepherds, and the army to prevent Um El Chir residents from going out to the fields with their sheep. You can change this  -  by addressing a letter to the Defense Minister, Ehud Barak,  and demand the return of  security to the South Hebron Hills. Please sign our letter.

Shabbat Shalom Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Finally Plowing

1 Comment 24 May 2011

This past week (Sunday, Monday) plowing finally went ahead near the ‘Madison Route” in the lands of Awarta village, as well as the coordinated plowing in the villages of Beit Furik and Rejub. This was a consequence of our concerted efforts in coordination with the Palestinian and Israeli DCOs and after some army procrastination. So far, the agricultural work has been progressing without serious problems. Continue Reading

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