Tisha b’Av is a fast day in Judaism commemorating many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people – most notably the loss of the First and Second Temples. It is a tragic day and one spent in mourning by Jews throughout the world.
The JNF is currently working on 300 dunams of land belonging to a family from the Negev Bedouin village of Awajan. When the JNF suddenly appeared last week, the family asked for an order or some sort of written authorization/explanation. The Yoav unit (police unit whose job it is to enforce planning and construction in the Negev) accompanying the JNF rudely told the family to “go complain to the courts.” Continue Reading
English speakers visting Israel this summer are invited to join RHR’s English language tours created for Hartman rabbinic seminar participants to visit the village of Susya and Umm el Hiran, both under the immediate threat of demolition of Israeli authorities. These tours have been created for Hartman participants, but we are opening them to the wider English speaking public. For those interested, it is also possible to arrange tours by appointment. See below for details.
The village of Susya is an “unrecognized” Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills. Um el Hiran is an “unrecognized” Israeli Bedouin village in the Negev. They have at least one thing in common – both are in immediate danger of being totally destroyed. The Israeli government has approved plans to replace Bedouin “Um el Hiran” with Jewish “Hiran.”
What would be the just and righteous way to treat these non-Jews living in our midst?
Are they “gerim” or “re’im” or “oyvim?”
How do the Israeli legal system and the Israeli people treat each of them?
Why is the U.S. State Department receiving calls from Congress people about Susya, and why have the RA, CCAR/URJ/RAC, Ohala, RRA and 65 British rabbis ranging from Orthodox to Masorti to Reform and Liberal urged Israel to resolve outstanding Bedouin issues through genuine dialogue with the Bedouin leadership?
FRIDAY JULY 3 12:45-5pm FRIDAY JULY 10 8:30am -2pm (or by appointment)
Tours depart and return to the Shalom Hartman Institute (11 Gedalyahu Alon Street, Jerusalem)
RSVP: RHR offices at 02-648-2757 or firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rabbi Ascherman at 050-560-7034
On Tuesday, May 5th 2015, the High Court ruled that Umm al Hiran, an unrecognised Bedouin village in the Negev, will be demolished and the residents forcibly displaced. This comes despite the fact that the village was relocated twice by Israeli authorities to its present location. The court rules that the land is state owned, the residents have no right to it, and the entire village will be destroyed and the Jewish settlement of Hiran will be built on top of it.Continue Reading
On Israel’s 67th birthday, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, President and Senior Rabbi of RHR, shares his thoughts on the vision and dream of our people, the struggle ahead, and why we must be strong, stubborn and persistent. Continue Reading
As Israel prepares to go to the polls on March 17th, RHR encourages all to bring the values of human rights with them into the booth. We therefore will be releasing the stated platforms of the political parties on the human rights issues we work on. First is the issue of the Bedouin Negev, below. We encourage all to read over the information and make a decision based on the value of honoring the Image of God in all of humankind. Continue Reading