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International Women’s Day: Supporting the right to an education for Bedouin girls

No Comments 08 March 2017

As we observe International Women’s Day today, Rabbis for Human Rights highlights the struggle to save the beloved ecological school at Khan al Akhmar, serving approximately 150 Jahalin Bedouin children living on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The school, currently slated for demolition due to Israel’s unjust planning policy, is the only viable formal educational option for the girls of the Khan al Akhmar community, and its destruction would signify a tremendous loss for the Jahalin women. Continue Reading

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“Jerusalem Bedouin – to the Garbage Dump!”

1 Comment 23 February 2017

By Deborah Greniman

“Several years ago, we took a short drive into Kfar Adumim, a pleasant bedroom suburb of Jerusalem, on the well-traveled road linking Jerusalem to Ma’ale Adumim, Jericho and the Dead Sea. In a bid to attract young families, a huge sign over the settlement’s entrance read “Education is our highest priority!” Indeed, Kfar Adumim has a beautiful school. ” Please click here to read the full blog posted on the Times of Israel Continue Reading

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Rabbi Grenimann at Knesset: “The occupation is corrupting our Judaism”

No Comments 20 February 2017

As we face the news of a renewed demolition threat for the tire school of Khan al Akhmar, a Jahalin Bedouin community located on the outskirts of the Jerusalem,  along with forty other structures in in the village, this week we also worked to raise awareness of the village in the Knesset….

Khan al Ahmar school

Khan al Akhmar school

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Volunteers needed: Jahalin Bedouin summer camps!

No Comments 28 January 2017

Rabbis for Human Rights and the Comboni Sisters  are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help at summer camps for young Jahalin children this July and August. Volunteers should have some Arabic and experience working with children. Continue Reading

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Thank you to all who donated to the Jahalin families whose homes were demolished!

No Comments 16 January 2017

Rabbis for Human Rights would like to thank all those who went to the trouble of donating sleeping bags, blankets and warm winter clothes to the ten Jahalin Bedouin families who lost their homes in the Judean Desert about two weeks ago in a cruel, heartless act of destruction by the Israeli army’s Civil Administration. In particular, we would like to thank our board member Rabbi Jeremy Milgrom who assisted in making this happen, delivering things to the needy families. All honour to you all, God bless you! The things were very appreciated but right now we need no more donations of this kind. (Donations of a financial kind are always welcome to support our work, of course.) Continue Reading

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Demolition of Khan al Ahkmar Tire School Postponed

No Comments 28 August 2016

On Friday August 26, the Israeli government announced that the demolition of a school of mud and tires built at the Jahalin Bedouin community of Khan al Ahkmar would be postponed for now. This decision came after much local and international outcry against the destruction of the school. Despite any protestations from powerful settlers and settler groups, the school will continue to serve 170 Bedouin children from the impoverished and underprivileged areas around Kfar Adumim.

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DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE DEMOLITION OF THE JAHALIN BEDOUIN SCHOOL IN KHAN AL AHKMAR

3 Comments 16 August 2016

Wednesday: Demonstration against the demolition of the Jahalin Bedouin school in Khan al Ahkmar (near the Kfar Adumim settlement and the E1 area) 

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Jahalin children visit the sea!

No Comments 07 August 2016

Here are some photos from our trip to the sea last Monday (August 1 2016) with 53 Jahalin Bedouin kids and mothers from the Abu Nawahr encampment. The outing was organised with  the Comboni sisters, courtesy of Machsom Watch and with the assistance of eleven volunteers from Canadian “Operation Groundswell”. It was a truly international interfaith outing and a wonderful event, ending a successful season of summer camps for these otherwise very deprived children.
 

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Photos: Jahalin children at summer camps enjoy visit by medical clowns!

No Comments 26 July 2016

On Sunday July 24th, the Jahalin Bedouin children attending summer camps in various locations outside Maale Adumim were treated to a special performance by medical clowns from nearby Bethlehem. The children, of course, loved the show!

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More photos and background on the Jahalin summer camps 

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Summer is here! Time for camp!

No Comments 18 July 2016

On July 17th, Rabbis for Human Rights started work at the summer camps for Bedouin children of the Jahalin tribe living outside of Maale Adumim. We help organize a number of camp programs for these children in different Jahalin encampments in the area in collaboration with nuns from the Comboni Order.

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The Jahalin Bedouin represent one of the most vulnerable groups living in the Occupied Territories. The community is plagued by extremely high rates of poverty and unemployment, and they live under the constant threat of home demolition and forced displacement, as the state seeks to expand settlements. Already displaced from their ancestral lands in Tel Arad, they have been forced to mostly abandon their agrarian/herding lifestyle for an urban one.

On-going instability and poverty make it difficult for the community to provide recreational and educational opportunities for its children. That’s why RHR steps in and helps organize camps for these children. The camps give them a chance to grow, develop, and play in a safe and supervised environment alongside mentors from the Bedouin community as well as international volunteers. We are also active in advocacy work, trying to prevent demolitions, while our presence on the ground helps protect the community from the threat of demolition.

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RHR volunteer from Notre Dame University shows the kids what he can do…

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Older boys playing soccer with Maale Adumim settlement in the background

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Sister Aziza of the Comboni Order with the children

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These photos are from four locations that are having summer camp for the children of the Jahalin Bedouin tribe this week and next week.

They are: Abu Nawahr A, Abu Nawahr B, (next to Maale Adumim), El Muntar (close to Keidar in the Judean Desert) and Jabal al Jahalin. The first three are happening in partnerhship with the dedicated and kind nuns of the Comboni order, while the camp at Jabal Al Jahalin (next to Azaria) is under the management Ibtisim, a local Bedouin women that works with us. This year we have only 3 volunteers so far and we are in need of more. Two from the University of Notre Dame in the USA and another young Palestinian from East Jerusalem.

Soon we will begin the soccer activity in Anata and Khan al Ackmar, with the help of Suliman, a Bedouin man from Anata.

So far, we had 180 children come for camp at all 4 locations! More photos here

We are still looking for volunteers to work with Jahalin children at summer camp in August. Knowledge of Arabic is especially helpful. If interested, please contact Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann at 050 211 0639

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