Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin
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.
In the end of the event, there were addresses by public figures. Continue Reading