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MARCH 27th: Study Tour to Unrecognized Bedouin villages

No Comments 19 March 2015

International students: Please join RHR on March 27th for a tour of the unrecognized Bedouin villages of the Negev.

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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, March 2015 Elections

Questions no party has answered – The Bedouin

No Comments 12 March 2015

As elections approach, each day we will be asking a different question that no party has addressed yet concerning human rights.

Today, our question is in regard to the Bedouin. We ask, “Is your party willing to implement the RCUC/Bimkom alternative plan recognizing all 35 unrecognized villages?”

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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, March 2015 Elections

March 2015 elections: What do the parties have to say on the Bedouin?

No Comments 11 March 2015

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

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The Two Israels: Rabbi Ascherman interviewed by Nicholas Kristof of the NYT

No Comments 01 March 2015

I, as a Zionist, believe I have a place here…but I don’t want to be here by displacing Aziz.  - Rabbi Ascherman

Rabbi Arik Ascherman was recently interviewed by Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times for an op-ed prior to the scheduled appearance of Prime Minister Netanyahu before the US Congress. The two discuss the displacement of the Bedouin, what it means to be a Zionist who honors their neighbors, and Israeli democracy. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, March 2015 Elections

From El Arakib to Beit Shean: Standing Idly by while the powerless are oppressed

No Comments 26 February 2015

As Israel prepares to go to the voting booth on March 17th 2015, RHR is running a series of features encouraging citizens to vote and reminding them  to bring the values of human rights work and the honoring of God’s Image along with them into the voting booth. This post was originally featured on the Rabbi Ascherman’s Times of Israel blog.

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Israeli elections 2015: Who will stop the cruel abuse of El-Araqib & the rest of the Negev Bedouin?

No Comments 19 February 2015

As Israel prepares to go to the voting booth on March 17th 2015, RHR is running a series of features encouraging citizens to vote and reminding them  to bring the values of human rights work and the honoring of God’s Image along with them into the voting booth.  Continue Reading

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In the midst of an incoming winter storm, El Arakib destroyed for the 81st time

No Comments 19 February 2015

In a truly cruel act, as the entire region braces for a winter storm of rain, snow, and freezing temperatures, the Israeli authorities choose to enter El Arakib today (February 19th 2015) and demolish it, for the 81st time.

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Jahalin Bedouin children spruce up the after-school educational center

No Comments 22 January 2015

The following was written by Naama, a volunteer completing her National Service with Rabbis for Human Rights. Part of her responsibilities include supporting Ibtisam, a local Jahalin Bedouin woman, twice a week in her work organizing the after school program for the children in al Jabel (outside of Maale Adumim).  

For a long time Ibtisam has wanted to paint the classroom where she teaches the Jahalin children English and art crafts.  The room was concrete grey and both her and I wanted to make it look nice and joyful for the kids. We first painted the outside and inside white. Next, we painted an unused room  which we plan to use as a second classroom for the smaller children – although we still need to get a few chairs and tables for it. We really need this second classroom since so many children are coming to Ibtisam’s center and they are at varying levels of English.  After we finished painting it all white with the help of  Yehiel (Rabbi Yehiel Greinmann, RHR’s Director of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories) and Ibtisam’s younger brother, we scheduled the last part with the kids for Tuesday right before they were supposed to go back to school from their winter break. When I came with Natanya, whose been volunteering to take me with her car, the girls were so excited to start. We let them choose what they wanted to paint on the wall and we started working. We drew Sponge-Bob, Dora, Tom & Jerry, and a few other drawings they choose from a book.

One day as we were painting together, I asked Ibtisam about the school that the kids go to.  She described it saying, “If you see the children in the morning walking their way to school they would be stooping and frowning, and when they leave school at noon, they are running and cheerful.”  This made me realize how amazing it is then that the kids are coming to Ibtisam to learn after school! There they are, every week,  sitting proudly with their notebooks, gobbling up every word Ibtisam teaches them. Even if they don’t remember everything they learn, their drive to study astonishes me.

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NOTE: On request of the families, the children were only photographer from the back.

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TONIGHT: Torchlight procession in Rahat for Bedouins killed by police

No Comments 20 January 2015

The Bedouin Recognition Forum, including RHR, will participate this evening (January 20th 2015) in a torchlight procession in Rahat at 16:00 between the homes of the two residents killed by the police over the last week. Continue Reading

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El Arakib destroyed for the 80th time in the middle of mediation between parties

1 Comment 15 January 2015

PRESS RELEASE | JANUARY 14 2015

The Negev Coexistence Forum reports that Israeli forces entered the village of Al Arakib this morning and destroyed all present structures for the 80th time in recent years. This demolition was carried out despite the fact that a mediation process between the state and the residents of Al Arakib has been on-going for a month under the Deputy Chief Magistrate of Beersheva. Continue Reading

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