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Legal Work, Occupied Territories

PODCAST ON SUSIYA: A village under imminent threat of demolition

No Comments 01 July 2015

A new podcast from Partners for Progressive Israel details the history and legal background of Susiya, a South Hebron Hills village, represented by RHR’s legal team, currently under imminent threat of demolition. The podcast features an interview with Jerusalem based artist and activist, Robin Levy. Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

A Tale of Two Villages: English language tours to Susya & Umm el Hiran

No Comments 21 June 2015

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 info@rhr.israel.net or call Rabbi Ascherman at 050-560-7034

 More information on the threat to Susya

More information on the threat to Umm el Hiran

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Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

West Bank village left without drinking water

No Comments 11 June 2015

Two rainwater cisterns have been destroyed today, leaving a West Bank village without drinking water.
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Legal Work, Press Releases

Israeli High Court dismisses petition to restore planning rights to Area C villages

1 Comment 10 June 2015


The Israeli High Court has dismissed a petition to restore planning rights to Palestinian villages in West Bank’s Area C

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Legal Work, Occupied Territories

WATCH: EU diplomats arrive en masse to Susya in act of solidarity

No Comments 10 June 2015

In an act of solidarity with the Palestinian village of Susya, currently under immediate threat of demolition by the state, all 28 EU member states with Jerusalem consulates sent representatives to the village on Sunday, June 7 2015. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Letter in Haaretz to prevent the demolition of Umm al Hiran

No Comments 08 June 2015

This week, 29 human rights and social justice organizations, including Rabbis for Human Rights, signed a letter to stop the discriminatory decision to raze the Negev Bedouin village of Umm al Hiran in order to build a Jewish town in its place. This ruling is unjust, discriminatory, and will only increase tensions in an already tense situation. Adalah, who represents the village, also filed a petition with the court for an additional hearing on Sunday, June 7th. Continue Reading

General, Parasha / E-Letter

Being Ruth: Shavuot Thoughts 5775 by Rabbi Arik Ascherman

No Comments 22 May 2015


Rabbi Arik Ascherman

President and Senior Rabbi

Rabbis for Human Rights

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First-hand testimony: The Expulsion of Susya in 1986

No Comments 19 May 2015

How Palestinians were expelled from the original location of their village, which later became the archaeological site Sussia Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

SIGN NOW: Petition to Save Susya!

2 Comments 14 May 2015

Please sign the petition to save Susya, currently under threat of imminent demolition. Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

British Consul and other diplomats visits Susya

No Comments 13 May 2015

Yesterday, British, German, French, Spanish and Danish diplomats visited the Palestinian village of Susya, currently under the threat of imminent demolition.  The British have released the following press release: Continue Reading

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