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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

PHOTOS: Demonstration to save Um el Hiran

1 Comment 30 August 2015

On Sunday August 23 2015, bulldozers began flattening the land to build the Jewish community of Hiran next to the homes of the Bedouin village of Um el Hiran in the Negev desert. According to the outline of the master plan for the community of Hiran, it is going to be built on the land of the village of Um el Hiran and require its demolition. The start of building the temporary site without reaching a solution acceptable to the residents of Um el Hiran threatens the future of the village and leaves its residents in a state of uncertainty.

On August 27th, the residents and Um el Hiran and the Regional Council of Unrecognised Villages, of which RHR is apart, held a demonstration in solidarity with the village. Demonstration participants marched from Um el Hiran to the area where the bulldozers are working.



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The residents of the village of Umm al-Hiran do not oppose the construction of the Jewish community of Hiran, and have repeatedly stated their position that building a joint community or a neighboring community that allows their village to stay intact is a positive option that is acceptable to them. The government of Israel and its various arms, on the other hand, are establishing facts on the ground and ignoring the position of the village’s residents.


Members of the Abu al-Qi’an tribe, who live in the villages of Um el Hiran and Atir, are facing their third eviction since 1949, when they were first evicted from their ancestral lands in the Wadi Zubaleh area near Kibbutz Shoval, and until they were settled by the State in their current location next to the Yatir Forest in 1956. The court recently ruled that the residents of the villages reside in their location with permission from the State and that it is the State that ordered them and allowed them to use the land over the years. Nonetheless, last May the Supreme Court allowed the demolition of the village of Um el Hiran and the eviction of its residents in order to build the Jewish community of Hiran on its land and expand the Yatir Forest on the ruins of the Bedouin village of Atir. A request for another hearing of the High Court ruling is still pending.

Response of the Recognition Forum:

“The plan to build a new Jewish community on the ruins of a Bedouin community that has resided on the site for many years is blatant discrimination affected by racism. We call on the government of Israel to stop the work, enter a dialogue with the residents and reach a solution agreed upon by all sides.”


972 Magazine: PHOTOS: Construction for Jewish town to replace Bedouin village draws ire

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Press Releases

Demonstration against work on Jewish Hiran on the ruins of the Bedouin Um el Hiran

1 Comment 26 August 2015


The Coalition of Organizations for the Recognition of the Unrecognized Negev Bedouin Villages

The residents of the Bedouin village of Umm el Hiran and the Regional Council of Unrecognized Villages in the Negev are holding a demonstration and march in the village on Thursday, August 28, 2015 at 11 AM against the beginning of work to build the Jewish community of Hiran on the land of their village after it is demolished

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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

THURSDAY: Demonstration in solidarity with Um el Hiran against its destruction

1 Comment 25 August 2015

RHR, as a part of the “Recognition Forum”, requests that you make every effort to be in Um El Hiran this Thursday at 11:00am. The plans being carried out to build a Jewish community on the rubble of a Bedouin village betrays the Torah’s command not to oppress non-Jews living among us.
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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Bulldozers continue their work transforming Bedouin Um el Hiran into Jewish Hiran

No Comments 24 August 2015

Today [Monday, August 24 2015], Rabbi Arik Asherman joined a group of activists who came down to the Negev  to defend the Bedouin village of Um el Hiran against demolitions.  Yesterday and today bulldozers began working on the land of the village despite the fact that the legal discussion deciding the future of the village is not yet complete. Continue Reading


79 Bedouin, including 49 children made homeless by administrative demolitions

1 Comment 20 August 2015

On Monday August 17 2015,  79 Bedouin, including 49 children, living outside of the settlement Maale Adumim were made homeless by the Israeli authorities in a day that saw the most Palestinians lose their homes since 2012.  Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Changing directions for a better tomorrow

No Comments 20 August 2015

The Jewish month of Elul has begun, and with it comes the call for introspection. In this week’s Torah commentary by Rabbi Miri Gold on Parashat Shoftim, we see that it is never too late to pursue justice and surely, this is what we must do as a nation – not just for the good of our own people, but for the good of all.  Continue Reading



No Comments 13 August 2015


In an apparent “price tag” arson attack in the West Bank community of Ein Samia, a Bedouin tent was set on fire and completely burned. Inside the tend was only animal feed; however, it is extremely fortunate that no people were present, as the children usually sleep in the corner of the tent but were elsewhere due the heat. Nearby the burnt tent graffiti was scrawled reading “administrative revenge” – implying a revenge attack following the administrative detention of some right wing Israeli extremists by the Israeli authorities.
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Occupied Territories

Jahalin Bedouin of Abu Nawahr threatened with expulsion

No Comments 05 August 2015

The Jahalin Bedouin people living in Abu Nawahr are currently under the immediate threat of demolitions and expulsion. Following is an update from Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, director of RHR’s work involving the Jahalin, on the current situation.  Continue Reading

Field Reports, General, Occupied Territories

Photos: Jahalin summer camp at Abu Nawahr

No Comments 03 August 2015

Summer camp for the children of the Jahalin community Abu Nawahr (next to Maale Adumim) has begun! RHR is working this year in two different locations  (Abu Nawahr 1 and Abu Nawahr 2), with the possibility for one additional program at the encampment El Muntar. The total number of children attending is about 85, and the camp will run for two weeks , meeting three mornings a week. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Occupied Territories, Parasha / E-Letter

Between destruction and hope: Rabbi Ascherman’s 5775 Tisha b’Av journey

No Comments 27 July 2015

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.

This Tisha b’Av Rabbi Ascherman, president and senior rabbi of RHR, choose to mourn  amidst the threatened demolitions of both Susya and the Israeli-Bedouin village of Umm al Hiran,  the ruins of the village Atir, and the on-going destruction of Al Arakib. Following is a short narrative of his journey followed by photos.  To read about why Rabbi Ascherman choose to commemorate this important Jewish holiday in this way, please read here. 

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