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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

RHR donates trees and plants with Bedouin village Az Zurura

No Comments 05 February 2016

Today, Friday February 5th, we joined the residents of Az Zarura , an unrecognized Israeli Bedouin village in the Negev with no school, clinic, or infastructure, and where the Israeli authorities uprooted the villages’ olive trees, for a tree platning. The Recognition Forum, of which we are members, partnered with us. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Sunday: Solidarity protest with threatened Israeli Bedouin village Umm al Hiran

No Comments 28 January 2016

The Bedouin residents of Um Al-Hiran have asked that we join them and leaders of the Israeli Arab Community in an afternoon of solidarity and protest.  Earlier this month, the Israeli High Court refused to rehear Um Al-Hiran and Atir’s petition against plans to expell the villagers from the lands the government moved them to in 1956. In August, JNF bulldozers began preparing the first stage of transforming Bedouin Um Al Hiran into Jewish Hiran.


Umm al Hiran. Photo: Negev Forum for Coexistence

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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Sunday: Additional tree planting with Negev Bedouin

No Comments 22 January 2016

Join Rabbis for Human Rights this Sunday, January 24th, for a day of solidarity with the Negev Bedouin! Continue Reading

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Bedouin villages Atir and Um el Hiran under threat of demolition as Court rejects request for extended discussion

No Comments 18 January 2016

Yesterday the High Court rejected Adallah’s request on behalf of Bedouin villages Um el Hiran and Atir that it rehear their petition against expulsion orders for the villages. The court seems to have given the green light to the State to go ahead and demolish these villages, building the new Jewish town of Hiran on the ruins of the Bedouin village Um el Hiran. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Five homes in Abu Nawahr Jahalin Bedouin community demolished by Israeli authorities

No Comments 09 January 2016

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann reports that on Thursday, January 6th, five homes were demolished at the edge of the Jahalin Bedouin encampment next to Maale Adumim. This is one of the villages that RHR held summer camps in last summer. Rabbi Grenimann referred to it as “heart breaking”, and a “hillul haShem” (desecration of G-d’s name). According to UNRWA, 26 Jahalin, including 17 children, were made homeless. Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Police not investigating beating and stabbing of Bedouin citizen mistaken for a terrorist

No Comments 22 November 2015

If the media is correct in reporting that Israeli police will not investigate the beating and stabbing of a Bedouin citizen in Kiryat Gat by other citizens who, they claim, wrongly believed him to be a terrorist, then this is a gravely misinformed decision. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Rabbi Ascherman’s trial for arrest at Al Arakib protest starts tomorrow

3 Comments 09 November 2015

On Friday June 12th 2014, Rabbi Ascherman, RHR’s president and senior rabbi, along with seven residents (including two minors) of Al Arakib, were arrested during a protest over the destruction of the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al Arakib. Despite protesting nonviolently, Rabbi Ascherman was beaten and punched in the jaw during the arrest. Tomorrow Rabbi Ascherman’s trial will begin for the arrest. Continue Reading


RHR condemns shooting at Beersheva bus station

No Comments 19 October 2015

RHR strongly condemns the shooting yesterday in the Beersheva central bus station and mourns with the family of Sgt Omri Levy who was murdered in the attack. We send our prayers for a quick and full recovery to the injured.

We also wish to express our shock and sadness over the murder of Habtom Zarhum, an Eritrean asylum seeker mistakenly shot by a security guard who believed him to be an assailant. Mr Zarhum was then brutally beaten, spit upon, and hit with a bench by a mob of angry Israelis, who also attempted to block medical treatment for him, believing him to be a terrorist. He later died of his wounds. Mr Zarhum came to our country seeking refugee, and died a terrible death at the hands of our citizens. We call upon the police for a full investigation into this shameful event.


Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Update from Um el Hiran’s court hearing

No Comments 13 October 2015

Rabbi Ascherman reports that little happened today at the Beersheva District Court during the hearing of Um el Hiran’s appeal against the demolition of their village. The court is waiting on documents. However, a restraining order against the demolitions is in place.  

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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Photos: Sukkot at Bedouin village Um el Hiran

No Comments 11 October 2015

On October 1 2015, the residents of Um el Hiran, an “unrecognised” Bedouin village currently under the threat of forced displacement, hosted visitors for a special day during the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot. The day included children’s activities, a walk to bulldozers (where we of course saw the KKL/JNF flag), and parallel Muslim and Jewish prayer led by Rabbi Arik Asherman, president and senior rabbi of Rabbis for Human Rights. The prayer was attended by Muslim clerics and Christians, with the additional participation of Rabbi Mauricio Balter, a member of RHR. In attendance at the event were MKs Dov Khenin and Tamar Zandberg.

Based on the midrash that each of the four Sukkot species (etrog, lulav, hadass, aravah) represent a different type of person, and we bring them all together because each has a place and a role in society, we passed the four species representing the idea that all sectors of Israeli society must be brought together as equal citizens. Each person was asked to reflect on their vision of an Israeli society based on equality while holding the four species, and what they were prepared to do to bring it about. 



In the end of the event, there were addresses by public figures. Continue Reading

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