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Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Lieberman expresses desire to come to agreed upon solution regarding Susya

No Comments 04 September 2016

We are pleased to hear Minister of Defense Lieberman’s statement on his desire to come to an agreed upon solution in regards to the Palestinian village of Susya. We hope that behind this rhetoric of reconciliation stands a sincere intention to find a just solution and not an attempt to divert criticism. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

“Why are you silent when settler homes are demolished?”

1 Comment 30 August 2016

“What’s the difference between the demolition of Palestinian homes and the demolition of settler homes? Settlers also get their homes demolished, no? “

This is a comment we’ve heard many times. Please find our response to it below.


Yovel outpost, Photo: B’tselem, 2001

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General, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Update on Susya High Court hearing

3 Comments 18 August 2016

See below for recent updates on the renewed threat to the Palestinian village of Susya.

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Occupied Territories

Demolitions in Umm el Kheir

No Comments 09 August 2016

Security forces today (August 9 2016) demolished five structures in the Palestinian village of Umm el Kheir, in the West Bank’s South Hebron Hills region. The five structures were funded by the European Union. 27 people, including 16 minors were made homeless as a result. There were additional demolitions today at Sebastia, and early this week at al-Jiftlik and Fasayil. Video and text source: B’Tselem. Source photos: Guy Butavia, Ta’ayush

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Israel has demolished more structures in the first half of 2016 than all of 2015. Click here for more details on soaring demolition number in 2016  from Haaretz.

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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Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Suspension of dialogue between Susya and state leads to new fears of demolitions

1 Comment 26 July 2016


Unilateral and sudden suspension of dialogue between Susya and state leads to new fears of demolitions.
Refusal by the state to continue dialogue regarding the authorization of Susya  implies an increased threat of demolitions occurring to 40% of the village. Were this to occur, the already very difficult humanitarian conditions existing in the village would be greatly exacerbated.

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Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Ramadan demolitions in Susya and Diraat area

2 Comments 20 June 2016

In an unusual move today, the Israel authorities destroyed two residential buildings, an animal pen, and an external kitchen in the South Hebron Hill village of Susya. A large 30 meter structure was also demolished in the area of Diraat. None of the structures were built in the last month or even the last year. Is this the beginning of a new policy by the Ministry of Defence? 

Generally, as a basic humanitarian gesture, demolitions do not occur during the fasting month of Ramadan. Not only are Palestinians in these areas fasting, but the temperatures are also soaring. The move to carry out demolitions is thus especially cruel and shocking.
Palestinians also reported being beaten and shoved by the Israeli authorities after engaging in non-violent resistance. Please share and continue to follow us for updates.

Statement from Rabbi Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights:
In the twenty years that I have been handling home demotions, there has always been an understanding that there are no demolitions during Ramadan. As Rabbis, it is especially harsh to have this norm broken during the Muslim holy month of fasting.  Nothing would have happened if they would have delayed the demolitions until after Ramadan, as the structures weren’t built this month or in recent years. It is necessary to note that none of this would have happened without the inability of the Palestinians to legally plan based on egalitarian and professional planning criteria. 


Photos by Nasser Nawaj’ah of B’Tselem and Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights

Photo by Nasser Nawaj'ah of Bt'selem

Photo by Nasser Nawaj’ah of Bt’selem

Photo by Nasser Nawaj'ah of B'tselem

Photo by Nasser Nawaj’ah of B’tselem

Photo by Nasser Nawaj'ah of B'tselem

Photo by Nasser Nawaj’ah of B’tselem


Photo by Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights

Photo by Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights


Photo by Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights

Photo by Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights

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Legal Work

Update on the villages located within Firing Zone 918

No Comments 02 June 2016

On Feb 4 2016, Rabbis for Human Rights sent an urgent petition to the High Court to allow  two villages  two represent, ​M​a​j​az and ​S​afai, to submit a detailed ​m​aster plan for ​S​afai and a correction to the plan for ​M​a​j​az. This action followed a wave of demolitions after the break-down of a mediation process between the residents of the villages of M​asafer Yatta (the region), who reside within the Firing Zone 918 in the South Hebron hills, and the State. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Photos: Demolitions at Umm El Kheir

1 Comment 18 April 2016

The demolitions at Umm El Kheir – A report from Eyal Continue Reading

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