Tag archive for "Bedouin"

General, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Call for activists at threatened Bedouin community of Umm al Hiran

No Comments 27 November 2016

Call for activists to join the Bedouin residents of Umm al Hiran, currently under the threat of immediate demolition. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Renewed threat of demolition to Bedouin Umm al Hiran

No Comments 20 November 2016

Alarm at Bedouin village Umm al Hiran after authorities arrive this morning, Sunday November 20.

A large number of police and other enforcement authorities arrived this morning (November 20 2016) at Umm al Hiran in the Negev and left soon after. This raised alarm for residents concerned it signified preparation for a massive action in the village, which the state seeks to demolish and replace with a Jewish town to be called “Hiran.”

The following day, Monday the 21st, it was expected that the demolition of 15 homes in Umm al Hiran would occur the following morning of Tuesday, November 22nd and a call was made to activists to come to the village ASAP. However, the following morning no demolitions occurred. We believe this is a tactic by the authorities to exhaust the residents and activists of Umm al Hiran, making protest of the demolitions more difficult. Please continue to check-in regarding updates.

972 Magazine: Time’s up? State announces imminent demolition of Bedouin village

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Occupied Territories

High Court hearing could impact fate of Palestinian village Dkaika & its 300 residents

No Comments 30 October 2016


On November 2, Rabbis for Human Rights will be representing the village of Dkaika, located in Area C of the occupied territories,  at the High Court of Justice in an attempt to prevent the forced displacement of villagers from their homes. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Press Releases

Six arrested in unrecognised Bedouin village Umm al Hiran yesterday morning

2 Comments 01 August 2016


Update from Umm al Hiran: Six arrested in unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al Hiran yesterday (July 31 2016) morning

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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Israeli forces demolish Bedouin village Al Arakib for the 101st time

2 Comments 27 July 2016

This morning, on the anniversary of the first and largest full demolition of Al Arakib in 2010, government forces demolished the Bedouin village once again, for 101st time. The forces then continued south, and we are waiting to hear what else they demolished.

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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Call for volunteers: JNF working again on land at Al Arakib

No Comments 18 July 2016

JNF bulldozers arrived yesterday July 17th at the “unrecognised” Bedouin village of Al Arakib, which has been demolished 100 times. The plan is to forest over the village, and the bulldozers have started to prepare new land for planting despite the fact that the JNF said it would not continue to work in these areas until the issue was resolved in the courts or at the Knesset.

Please make every effort to go down to the village and stand in solidarity with the residents! Coordinate by calling Aziz at 050 770 1119.



JNF logo on earth-moving equipment



The JNF tried to claim they are only cleaning already prepared land. That should have also remained frozen; however, this is entirely new land prep


Already planted lands reminding us of what the plan is...

Already planted lands reminding us of what the plan is…

Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Summer is here! Time for camp!

No Comments 18 July 2016

On July 17th, Rabbis for Human Rights started work at the summer camps for Bedouin children of the Jahalin tribe living outside of Maale Adumim. We help organize a number of camp programs for these children in different Jahalin encampments in the area in collaboration with nuns from the Comboni Order.



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The Jahalin Bedouin represent one of the most vulnerable groups living in the Occupied Territories. The community is plagued by extremely high rates of poverty and unemployment, and they live under the constant threat of home demolition and forced displacement, as the state seeks to expand settlements. Already displaced from their ancestral lands in Tel Arad, they have been forced to mostly abandon their agrarian/herding lifestyle for an urban one.

On-going instability and poverty make it difficult for the community to provide recreational and educational opportunities for its children. That’s why RHR steps in and helps organize camps for these children. The camps give them a chance to grow, develop, and play in a safe and supervised environment alongside mentors from the Bedouin community as well as international volunteers. We are also active in advocacy work, trying to prevent demolitions, while our presence on the ground helps protect the community from the threat of demolition.


RHR volunteer from Notre Dame University shows the kids what he can do…


Older boys playing soccer with Maale Adumim settlement in the background




Sister Aziza of the Comboni Order with the children


These photos are from four locations that are having summer camp for the children of the Jahalin Bedouin tribe this week and next week.

They are: Abu Nawahr A, Abu Nawahr B, (next to Maale Adumim), El Muntar (close to Keidar in the Judean Desert) and Jabal al Jahalin. The first three are happening in partnerhship with the dedicated and kind nuns of the Comboni order, while the camp at Jabal Al Jahalin (next to Azaria) is under the management Ibtisim, a local Bedouin women that works with us. This year we have only 3 volunteers so far and we are in need of more. Two from the University of Notre Dame in the USA and another young Palestinian from East Jerusalem.

Soon we will begin the soccer activity in Anata and Khan al Ackmar, with the help of Suliman, a Bedouin man from Anata.

So far, we had 180 children come for camp at all 4 locations! More photos here

We are still looking for volunteers to work with Jahalin children at summer camp in August. Knowledge of Arabic is especially helpful. If interested, please contact Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann at 050 211 0639

General, Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin


No Comments 03 July 2016

RHR is proud to continue our tradition for over 15 years of providing quality human rights programing for rabbis participating in seminars at the Shalom Hartman Institute. This year we have two offerings:

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General, Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Parasha / E-Letter, Refugees rights - UNHCR

Passover Thoughts 5776: Where is God’s Glory?

No Comments 26 April 2016

As we near the final days of Passover, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president and senior rabbi for Rabbis for Human Rights, shares his thoughts on the holiday. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

President Rivlin supports including the Bedouin Negev in the conversation on their fates

No Comments 18 April 2016

The 7th Negev Conference in Yeruham was held last week on Tuesday Aprl 12th. Put on by the Ministry of Development of the Periphery, the conference was attended by MKs, heads of municipal councils, and leaders in the public, non-profit and business sectors. During the conference, President of Israel Reuven Rivlin was quoted as saying:

“Good neighborliness is not a zero sum game. Without coming to an agreed upon arrangement with the Bedouin population and especially the unrecognized villages, the south will not be able to move forward.”

Rabbis for Human Rights could not agree more!


Photo: By Avi Ohayon, Government Press Office (Israel) – Spokesperson unit of the President of Israel – דוברות בית הנשיא, CC BY-SA 3.0



Position Paper, Negev Coexistence Forum: The Times has Come for Israel to Recognize the Bedouin Villages of Atir and Umm al Hiran

Act now: Send a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Rivlin telling them to STOP the demolition of Umm al Hiran/Atir


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