Tag archive for "demolition"

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Rabbi Arik Ascherman, on his upcoming trial

No Comments 11 February 2016

In June of 2014, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president and senior rabbi of Rabbis for Human Rights was arrested under the false accusation of obstructing police work during a demonstration against the demolition of the Bedouin village Al Arakib.

Dear Friends and Supporters,

My lawyer warned me of the potential consequences of not accepting a plea bargain, but I didn’t. Today we informed the judge that my trial will continue.  I handed the prosecuting attorney the true account of what happened and said that I am willing to cut to the chase by  acknowledging this version of events, without acknowledging guilt.  Continue Reading

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

March 3: Protest and sit-in for Umm al Hiran and Atir

1 Comment 09 February 2016

The residents of the “unrecognised” Bedouin villages Atir and Umm al-Hiran have requested your presence in joining them in a protest against their forced displacement on Thursday, March 3, at 11 AM in front of the Beer Sheva courthouse. The protest follows the refusal of the Israeli Supreme Court to reconsider their decision to demolish Atir and Umm al-Hiran and evict all of the residents, building a Jewish town over the rubble of Umm al Hiran and foresting over Atir. 

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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Photos: Protest to save Bedouin Umm al Hiran and Atir!

No Comments 01 February 2016

Thanks to all who joined the Bedouin residents of Um Al-Hiran yesterday (Jan 31st 2016) in a solidarity protest against the demolitions of their village and the nearby village of Atir. We were joined by many leaders in the Israeli-Arab community. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Sunday: Solidarity protest with threatened Israeli Bedouin village Umm al Hiran

No Comments 28 January 2016

The Bedouin residents of Um Al-Hiran have asked that we join them and leaders of the Israeli Arab Community in an afternoon of solidarity and protest.  Earlier this month, the Israeli High Court refused to rehear Um Al-Hiran and Atir’s petition against plans to expell the villagers from the lands the government moved them to in 1956. In August, JNF bulldozers began preparing the first stage of transforming Bedouin Um Al Hiran into Jewish Hiran.


Umm al Hiran. Photo: Negev Forum for Coexistence

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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

Sunday: Additional tree planting with Negev Bedouin

No Comments 22 January 2016

Join Rabbis for Human Rights this Sunday, January 24th, for a day of solidarity with the Negev Bedouin! Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Tree nursery previously robbed by Israeli settlers, demolished by the army

1 Comment 14 January 2016

Yesterday (January 13 2016) morning, the Israeli army destroyed a tree nursery in the occupied territories which had previously been the subject of a Channel 2 report exposing , with the help of RHR,  footage of Israelis stealing from it night after night without any police action. The video and coverage (Hebrew) of the previous theft can be viewed here Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Five homes in Abu Nawahr Jahalin Bedouin community demolished by Israeli authorities

No Comments 09 January 2016

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann reports that on Thursday, January 6th, five homes were demolished at the edge of the Jahalin Bedouin encampment next to Maale Adumim. This is one of the villages that RHR held summer camps in last summer. Rabbi Grenimann referred to it as “heart breaking”, and a “hillul haShem” (desecration of G-d’s name). According to UNRWA, 26 Jahalin, including 17 children, were made homeless. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin

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

3 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. 



In the end of the event, there were addresses by public figures. Continue Reading

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