Tag archive for "demolition"

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Rabbi Ascherman’s trial for arrest at Al Arakib protest starts tomorrow

2 Comments 09 November 2015

On Friday June 12th 2014, Rabbi Ascherman, RHR’s president and senior rabbi, along with seven residents (including two minors) of Al Arakib, were arrested during a protest over the destruction of the unrecognized Bedouin village of Al Arakib. Despite protesting nonviolently, Rabbi Ascherman was beaten and punched in the jaw during the arrest. Tomorrow Rabbi Ascherman’s trial will begin for the arrest. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Update from Um el Hiran’s court hearing

No Comments 13 October 2015

Rabbi Ascherman reports that little happened today at the Beersheva District Court during the hearing of Um el Hiran’s appeal against the demolition of their village. The court is waiting on documents. However, a restraining order against the demolitions is in place.  

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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Photos: Sukkot at Bedouin village Um el Hiran

No Comments 11 October 2015

On October 1 2015, the residents of Um el Hiran, an “unrecognised” Bedouin village currently under the threat of forced displacement, hosted visitors for a special day during the Jewish harvest holiday of Sukkot. The day included children’s activities, a walk to bulldozers (where we of course saw the KKL/JNF flag), and parallel Muslim and Jewish prayer led by Rabbi Arik Asherman, president and senior rabbi of Rabbis for Human Rights. The prayer was attended by Muslim clerics and Christians, with the additional participation of Rabbi Mauricio Balter, a member of RHR. In attendance at the event were MKs Dov Khenin and Tamar Zandberg.

Based on the midrash that each of the four Sukkot species (etrog, lulav, hadass, aravah) represent a different type of person, and we bring them all together because each has a place and a role in society, we passed the four species representing the idea that all sectors of Israeli society must be brought together as equal citizens. Each person was asked to reflect on their vision of an Israeli society based on equality while holding the four species, and what they were prepared to do to bring it about. 



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Occupied Territories

American Senator Dianne Feinstein graciously receives Susya & Um Al Kheir families

No Comments 29 September 2015

On September 22 2015, California Senator Dianne Feinstein graciously received representatives from the villages of Susya and Um Al Kheir – two villages under the threat of demolition by the state of Israel. In July of this year, Senator Feinstein sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking him to halt any demolition orders for the village of Susya. Continue Reading

ICCI, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Sukkot Program in Threatened Bedouin village of Um el Hiran

No Comments 27 September 2015



This Thursday, Oct 1 the threatened unrecognized village of Um El Hiran will host a special Sukkot program! The day will start with children’s program at 16:00, ceremony at 17:30, and an interfaith prayer organized by RHR at 18:45. Transportation from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Beersheva.

Tel Aviv: 15:00 Arlozorov Bus/Train Station
Jerusalem: 15:00 Binyanei HaUma courtyard
Beer Sheva: 16:00 Water stand opposite the gas station in the Central Bus Station; 16:10 Teachers’ Center, 16:20 “Big” Juntion-Alonit
Rahat: 16:00 Mercantile Bank
Laqia: 16:15 Entrance junction
Hura: 16:20 Community Center

RSVP for all transportation arrangements with Amir by Wednesday: 0586 300006

Those arriving by car: 5pm meet point at the Paz Gas Station at Shoket Junction

For details on the event: Shumlik – 0525 345928; Amir 0586 300006


Legal Work, Occupied Territories

WATCH: Video of COGAT in the Knesset reveals danger of displacement for Susiya remains

1 Comment 08 September 2015

A video showing the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Occupied Territories (COGAT) speaking on Susiya demonstrates that the residents of Susiya still very much face the threat of forced displacement, despite the demolitions not occurring this summer and a postponement of their High Court hearing. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

August demolitions in the Jordan Valley/E1 leave 167 homeless

1 Comment 30 August 2015

Even in terms of the West Bank, the living situation of the clan of Obyait is a particularly difficult one.

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Occupied Territories, Press Releases

RHR sends letter to defense minister protesting recent wave of home demolitions

No Comments 26 August 2015


The wave of Palestinian house demolitions in the West Bank indicates a failure of the new planning outline in Area C and the pursuit of demolitions instead     

On Sunday Aug 23, 2015, Rabbis for Human Rights sent a letter to the Minister of Defense warning against the widespread wave of Palestinian home demolitions in Area C, which is contrary to the defense establishment’s statements that it allows and is even improving Palestinian development in Area C. The organization, which fought for planning rights for Palestinians, asserts that while the State continues to refuse to make the necessary changes in the planning system, it has stepped up its demolition activity.

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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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Condemnations of recent wave of demolitions in Jordan valley and E1/Maale Adumim area

1 Comment 25 August 2015

A recent wave of demolitions of Palestinian property by the Israeli authorities in the Jordan valley and the E1/Maale Adumim region of Area C since August 5th has resulted in condemnations from the United Nations, the US State Department, and the European Union in addition to various Israeli and Palestinian NGOs and over thirty international aid, faith and development organisations. As of August 20th, a total of 167 people have lost their homes in these actions, including 101 minors. Continue Reading

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