Tag archive for "Gaza"

General, Occupied Territories

HR orgs call for immediate arrangement of channel for civilians to escape battle zone

No Comments 25 July 2014

An urgent letter to Israel’s Minister of Defense and Chief of Staff, RHR joins with a number of other human rights NGOs in a call for an arrangement of a secure area in the Gaza Strip to which civilians can escape from battle zones. This call is in line with the stipulation of the Rambam that when a city is under siege, one side must be left open for people to escapeContinue Reading

Education, General, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Why Jerusalem?: Two bereaved fathers give hope for the Jewish and Palestinian peoples

No Comments 24 July 2014

Israeli society, and Jerusalem in particular, is currently living through days and nights of violence, racism and revenge. The fragile calm of the last few years is gone.  Almost every evening, groups of extremists in the streets call for “death to Arabs” and “revenge.” Nevertheless, a handful of citizens try to calm passions, to talk and to explain that these actions are not a Jewish way to act. The words fall on too many deaf ears, while rockets continue to fall throughout the country, and Gazans are left without protection from attacks on their cities. Rabbi Nava Hefetz visits a meeting of the Bereaved Families Forum, and sees a glimmer of something different. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Human Rights Organizations in Urgent Call: Gaza Strip civilian infrastructure is collapsing

2 Comments 23 July 2014

In an urgent letter to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, 12 human rights organizations (including RHR) demand today (July 23 2014) that Israel fulfill its obligations and ensure that the humanitarian needs of the civilian population of Gaza are met, particularly with respect to the dwindling supply of water and electricity. More than half of Gaza’s population, 1.2 million people, currently were affected by lack of adequate access to water and sanitation services. Hundreds of thousands are completely without power, while additional hundreds of thousands are rationed up to 5 hours of electricity per day. Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel, Occupied Territories, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: On the connection between the war on poverty and the war on Hamas

No Comments 23 July 2014

Human life in war and peace is intertwined, just as negligent decisions by the High Priest can cause loss of innocent life. Rabbi Kobi Weiss on the causes of war and destruction: Continue Reading

Education, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

There’s extremism, and then there’s my brother, Fahd: By Rabbi Nava Hefetz

No Comments 23 July 2014

Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, Rabbi Nava Hefetz has been calling her friend Fahd, who lives in Ramallah. Fahd is a peace activist from Gaza who, the moment Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip, was smuggled out with his family in the dead of night to Ramallah, in order to prevent him being murdered by Hamas.  Despite the tragedy taking place in our region, the connection between the two remains strong. 
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General, Occupied Territories

Joint letter by Israeli HR organizations to Attorney General and JAG

3 Comments 22 July 2014

Ten Israeli human rights organizations, including RHR, sent a letter of concern to the Attorney General and JAG (Judge Advocate General) regarding Operation Protective Edge. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Urgent letter to state demands procedure to evacuate injured in Gaza Strip

1 Comment 20 July 2014

In an urgent letter sent to The Ministry of Defense the morning of July 18th 2014,   eight Israeli human rights organization including RHR demand a procedure to evacuate the injured in the Gaza Strip.

"Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances that tried to reach them, as well as other sites in the neighborhood encountered firing."Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance at checkpoint. Photo:Justin McIntosh. CC-wkipedia

“Palestinian Red Crescent ambulances that tried to reach them, as well as other sites in the neighborhood encountered firing.”Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance at checkpoint. Photo: Justin McIntosh. CC-wikipedia

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General, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Rabbis for Human Rights statement on Operation Protective Edge

No Comments 15 July 2014

“That be far from You to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked”

On the Right to Self Defense and its Limitations

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Rabbis for Human Rights is guided by the paramount Jewish value of preserving every human life. We totally reject deliberate destruction and bloodshed. Judaism appreciates efforts to preserve life even in the heat of battle, both by developing defense methods and by efforts not to target helpless non-combatants. “Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous along with the wicked” (Genesis 18:25) Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel-Prawer, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

When Will the Messiah Come?- A Cry for our Beloved Country

1 Comment 10 July 2014

 As Israel  seems to plunge deeper into darkness, Rabbi Ascherman provides an update on a number of pressing issues in human rights in Israel and the occupied territories. Continue Reading

Education, General

Israel Wild Western tour

No Comments 18 March 2012

“I know some will hear what I am saying as a political statement. Well, it is that – how can we be concerned about what happens in society, any society, but particularly Israeli society and not have a Jewish view on it?” | Israeli Art: Orange-2 By zeevveez cc: flickr

Just under a month ago Rabbi Colin Eimer was part of a group of nearly 20 Reform and Liberal rabbis who, together with some members from our communities, spent a week in Israel with Rabbis for Human Rights. Continue Reading

Reflections from our rabbis & staff on the war

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