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Occupied Territories

LISTEN: Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann interviewed on Jerusalem Day and the Jahalin Bedouin

No Comments 21 May 2015

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann was recently interviewed by Nicole Cooper for Partners for a Progressive Israel on Jerusalem Day and the Jahalin Bedouin.

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Occupied Territories

Solar panels confiscated from Bedouin community of Khan al Ahmar

No Comments 02 April 2015

Yesterday, April 1 2015, Israeli authorities confiscated eleven solar panels from the Bedouin Palestinian community of Khan al Ahmar – leaving residents without electricity.



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Occupied Territories

Jahalin Bedouin children spruce up the after-school educational center

No Comments 22 January 2015

The following was written by Naama, a volunteer completing her National Service with Rabbis for Human Rights. Part of her responsibilities include supporting Ibtisam, a local Jahalin Bedouin woman, twice a week in her work organizing the after school program for the children in al Jabel (outside of Maale Adumim).  

For a long time Ibtisam has wanted to paint the classroom where she teaches the Jahalin children English and art crafts.  The room was concrete grey and both her and I wanted to make it look nice and joyful for the kids. We first painted the outside and inside white. Next, we painted an unused room  which we plan to use as a second classroom for the smaller children – although we still need to get a few chairs and tables for it. We really need this second classroom since so many children are coming to Ibtisam’s center and they are at varying levels of English.  After we finished painting it all white with the help of  Yehiel (Rabbi Yehiel Greinmann, RHR’s Director of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories) and Ibtisam’s younger brother, we scheduled the last part with the kids for Tuesday right before they were supposed to go back to school from their winter break. When I came with Natanya, whose been volunteering to take me with her car, the girls were so excited to start. We let them choose what they wanted to paint on the wall and we started working. We drew Sponge-Bob, Dora, Tom & Jerry, and a few other drawings they choose from a book.

One day as we were painting together, I asked Ibtisam about the school that the kids go to.  She described it saying, “If you see the children in the morning walking their way to school they would be stooping and frowning, and when they leave school at noon, they are running and cheerful.”  This made me realize how amazing it is then that the kids are coming to Ibtisam to learn after school! There they are, every week,  sitting proudly with their notebooks, gobbling up every word Ibtisam teaches them. Even if they don’t remember everything they learn, their drive to study astonishes me.

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NOTE: On request of the families, the children were only photographer from the back.

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RHR helps in distribution of blankets to Jahalin Bedouin during winter storm

No Comments 10 January 2015

The second week of January 2015 has brought with it unusually low temperatures, rain and even snow to our region. Tragically, for the most vulnerable populations among us, this is not merely an inconvenience but a serious and life threatening danger. Reports from Gaza reveal that two infants have lost their lives due to the freezing temperatures, while the African asylum seekers in Holot have been denied heaters and report a lack of warm blankets and clothing. RHR remains extremely concerned for the Bedouin in general, and for our friends at Al Arakib specifically, where cold and rain penetrate the frail structures that stand between demolitions. Nevertheless, a small act of kindness on Thursday January 8th has helped to alleviate the cold for some Jahalin Bedouin while sewing goodwill among neighbors.  Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

A Day of Sea and Fun for Jahalin Bedouin Children

No Comments 23 June 2014

On June 11 2014, 60 Jahalin Bedouin children and teachers from the Khan El Achmar Bedouin school, which RHR has worked with for the past five years, enjoyed a day-outing to the sea at Tel Aviv. The day was organized by RHR’s Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann (Director of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories), Jonathan Shefa (Assistant Director of Human Rights in the OT) and Sister Alicia Vacas and Sister Aziza of the Catholic Comboni Sisters in conjunction with a group of Machsom Watch ladies. The group was accompanied by 9 Operation Groundswell volunteers from Canada and the USA, as well as many local Israeli volunteers concerned with the safety of these young people (many of whom had never been to the sea before and do not know how to swim).  Continue Reading

Field Reports, General, Occupied Territories

Field Report: Update on the Jahalin Bedouin

No Comments 27 May 2014

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, RHR’s Director of the Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, and Jonathan Shefa, RHR’s Assistant Director of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, recently visited a number of the Jahalin Bedouin encampments which have a suffered a wave of demolitions over the last month. The camps are located in the Occupied Territories, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Continue Reading

Field Reports, General, Occupied Territories

Field Report: The Jahalin Bedouin After-school Education Center

1 Comment 19 February 2014

Rabbis for Human Rights has promoted the rights of the Jahalin Bedouin, located outside Maale Adumim, for a number of years through advocating against their forced relocation and supporting their community through helping to organize educational and recreational activities for their children. Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, Director of RHR’s Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, provides an update into our current work with the Jahalin children. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

The Olive Harvest is Coming: Summation of summer activities of the Rights in the Occupied Territories Department | Yehiel Grenimann

1 Comment 06 August 2013

Pictured: Upgrading Mariam’s kindergarten in Jabal for Jahalin tribe children

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, director of the Rights in the Occupied Territories Department, summarizes the summer activities so far.

This summer, 80 children participated in the summer camp in this neglected area, where the children of the Jahalin tribe live. The camp was very successful and we even started a children’s library. A Canadian group accompanied us for the fourth year in a row. In addition, we engaged in special education in East Jerusalem and activities with Eritrean refugees. Thanks to our activities, we received a large grant from a group of Evangelical churches in Germany.

Soon we will start the olive and almond harvest activities and need your help. To sign up, send us a message on the website.

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An urgent message: 4 years after the evacuation order was signed, security forces and the Civil Administration evacuated a large group of settlers who invaded the Palestinian village of Susya this morning.  

We are concerned that extreme settlers will avenge this evacuation and warn the IDF to be prepared. To our regret the invasions to Palestinian land in the West Bank continue.

 

 

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Justifying the Unjustified: Newsletter on parashat Pinchas

No Comments 10 July 2012

Settlers attack in Yanun, West Bank, 07.07.2012 | Photo by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org

This week we learned that the Edmund Levy report in effect authorized the building of “illegal outposts.” We opposed this because the discussions of the Levy commission took place behind the backs of the Palestinians and without their participation in the committeeThis led to distortion and many failures in the committee’s conclusions. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

To Open the Gates: Pictures from the Jahalin summer camp on the Jabel

No Comments 09 July 2012

Rabbi Yehiel Greniman brings us photos from this past week’s Jahalin summer camp activities on the Jabel next to Azaria. About 70 children participated in the camp organized by local very talented teacher,  Ibtisan El Hirsch, and her two sisters with our help and that of the Catholic Comboni sisters. Continue Reading

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