Tag archive for "IDF"

General, Occupied Territories

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

1 Comment 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

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, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

IDF Participates in Land Takeover Alongside Avigail Outpost

No Comments 12 June 2014

It seems that the only thing that could get the IDF to consider moving a barracks from private Palestinian land is a High Court date. But even if they do move the barracks, the outpost it is on still succeeds in its main objective: preventing Palestinians from accessing their land. Avigialoutpost

Despite numerous previous requests, only after our appeal at the Israeli High Court of Justice, has  the IDF began considering moving a structure, located on private Palestinian land,  that has been utilized for years as barracks at the illegal outpost “Avigail.” In addition, even if Palestinian ownership of the land were to be fully respected, the remaining parts of the outpost (on either side of the Palestinian land) leave a narrow path between the two sections of it [see map] which, in reality, would be prohibited to Palestinians as it is a security zone. In this way, the outpost is used to effectively deprive Palestinians of their land without even building on it.

The structure that was used as the army barracks was built on private Palestinian land in the illegal outpost Abigail. Despite numerous requests from Rabbis for Human Rights, the IDF has not evacuated the building (monitoring procedures were “on paper” only, but were not implemented). Only after a High Court appeal did we find in one of the state’s responses,  to our surprise,   that the structure  is usually used as a soldier residence. Following the petition, the army is currently exploring options in the regional brigade to move the structure – or so it seems, at least.

Haaretz: After evicting Palestinians, Israel seeks to legalize outpost in firing zone

General, Justice in Israel-Prawer

Developing the Negev? Nearly, but not quite: The State’s Real Plans for Negev

No Comments 09 June 2014

Time and time again, we have heard the old refrain of “making the desert bloom.” But with little interest from the general public in relocating to the Negev, what is the state really planning with all that land?

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1500 Fruit Trees to Waste: Destruction at the Tent of Nations farm

4 Comments 04 June 2014

Two weeks ago, the orchards at the Tent of Nations,  a much beloved Palestinian owned educational and environmental farm outside of Bethlehem dedicated to understanding, reconciliation and peace, were demolished by the Israeli authorities. Despite reportedly having no legal standing, 1500 fruit trees were destroyed during the early hours of the morning on May 19 2014. Valerie Rourke Miller, a volunteer at the farm and a participant of Achvat Amim-Solidarity of Nations, gives her reflections on the incident. 

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General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Handcuffed while harvesting: RHR helps coordinate release of handcuffed workers

No Comments 26 May 2014

 Despite following direction from the army to harvest his wheat, a Palestinian farmer with lands very close to two settlements’ was interpreted by the army and his workers handcuffed as they attempted the task. Though it cannot be proven, RHR suspects the army was called in by the requests of observing settlers.  Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Supreme Court orders participation of Palestinians in planning and zoning processes in Area C

No Comments 28 April 2014

PRESS RELEASE | April 28th 2014 
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Israeli Supreme Court orders participation of Palestinians in planning and zoning processes in Area C of the West Bank.

Jerusalem, April 28th: The Supreme Court gave an interim decision today in response to an appeal brought by Rabbis For Human Rights, ICAHD, JLAC, St. Yves and the Palestinian village of Ad-Dirat- Al-Rfai’ya requesting that planning authority be returned to Palestinians living in Area C.  The decision ordered the State to propose, within ninety days,  institutionalized ways to facilitate participation of local Palestinians in Area C in the planning processes that affect their lives.  Justices Rubinstein, Handel, and Solberg also expressed dissatisfaction with the current planning situation and rejected the state’s argument that participation of Palestinians exists in the current system and therefore the status quo ought to remain. Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

RHR: The Palestinian’s right to build should not be conditional on political negotiations.

2 Comments 28 April 2014

 Basic humanitarian needs and the right to develop should never be conditional upon political agreements or negotiations, and cannot be denied because of the suspension of the diplomatic talks with the Palestinian Authority. Continue Reading

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