Tag archive for "IDF"

Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Khirbet al-Twayel demolitions destroy ancient structures, leave village without water

No Comments 04 November 2014

PRESS RELEASE | November 3 2014

Israeli Authorities demolish two structures, reportedly from Ottoman Times, in Khirbet a-Twayel in addition to cutting off the village water supply.  Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Gaza: Strive for peace and pursue it: By Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann

No Comments 20 August 2014

Rabbi Yehiel Grenniman, director of our human rights in the occupied territories department, recently had his thoughts on the Gaza war published by CNN International.

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann at the Tag Meir demonstration against vengeance and violence in Jerusalem

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann at the Tag Meir demonstration against vengeance and violence in Jerusalem following the revenge murder of 16 year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir

 

From CNN.com:

My son has recently been released from active reserve duty in the Israel Defense Forces in Gaza, and the two sides are again talking about a serious ceasefire. I am relieved to have my son back and to see that we are talking instead of shooting, and pray that this latest round of negotiations succeeds in bringing us stability and progress towards peace.

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Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Human rights organizations and Gaza: Breaking down the myths

1 Comment 17 August 2014

There are many false myths regarding the positions of human rights organizations on the current operation in Gaza, as well as the ones which preceded it. These myths are disseminated by all sorts of organizations with the goal of undermining the legitimacy of human rights organizations in Israel. We thought we would make some order in this mess. We cannot speak for all human rights organizations, only for Rabbis for Human Rights, though we believe that a significant portion of what is written here reflects, to a large extent, the positions of many organizations as well as the spirit of international humanitarian law. International humanitarian law coincidentally or not so coincidentally overlaps important Jewish principles, and principles of common sense,  facilitating a smart balance between security needs/military considerations and concern for the civilian population on the other side. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

Questioning not if the army is moral, but if the policy is moral

2 Comments 17 August 2014

As part of RHR’s effort to engage in a dialogue with the Israeli settler community, the following opinion piece on the IDF and morality will be published in a local print paper in the Israeli settlement Ariel shortly. Please continue to look  for additional pieces in this series alongside the responses by the settler communities themselves. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Why we oppose Capital Punishment

No Comments 07 August 2014

Capital punishment during peacetime was abolished by Israel in 1954. However, the use of the death penalty remains an option for particular crimes including genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people, and treason. Military Courts in the territories also have the option of its use. However,  historically the courts are very hesitant to utilize capital punishment and there has not been an execution in Israel since Adolf Eichmann, the notorious Nazi,  in 1962, and before that, there was only one other execution for a man (falsely) accused of treason in 1948. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

We simply cannot allow such ideas to pass our lips: A response to Rabbi Lior

2 Comments 03 August 2014

Last week Rabbi Dov Lior, Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba and Hebron, claimed that “erasing” the entire Gaza Strip in order to ensure the safety of Israel’s South is permissible by Jewish law. RHR Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann responds to his repulsive claims.

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Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

My son, the Israeli soldier, and human rights: Thoughts by Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann

3 Comments 27 July 2014

As part of Rabbis for Human Rights’ series featuring the reflections, both human rights related and not,  of our staff and rabbis during Operation Protective Shield, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, RHR’s director of human rights in the occupied territories, shares his feelings as son serves in Gaza. A dedicated Israeli activist, Rabbi Grenimann has spent much of his life committed to justice and equality in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Yet Rabbi Grenimann is also a husband and a father, and his son was recently called up as a reservist. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Not for Security Experts Only: The morality of targeting hidden rockets as a case example of the need for public discourse in times of challenging security questions

No Comments 26 July 2014

Although we at Rabbis for Human Rights are not experts in security, we believe the need for public discussion around complicated, challenging security questions is of the utmost importance, especially now when lives could be at stake. “Proportionality” is one of these difficult grey areas, and the loss of civilian life during the targeting of hidden rockets — when those rockets may quickly be replaced — is one example of  a moral quandary we believe must be addressed within public discourse. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

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

7 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

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