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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!
— Rabbi 4 Human Rights (@rhreng) July 24, 2016
For many years, Rabbis for Human Rights has worked in educational empowerment and human rights advocacy for the people of the Jahalin tribe in the Judean desert. Last summer, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann of RHR along with Sisters Aziza and Agnes of the Comboni Order and a team of international and Israeli volunteers organized a summer camp for 100 children of the Jahalin village Abu Nawahr. Continue Reading
Summer camp for the children of the Jahalin community Abu Nawahr (next to Maale Adumim) has begun! RHR is working this year in two different locations (Abu Nawahr 1 and Abu Nawahr 2), with the possibility for one additional program at the encampment El Muntar. The total number of children attending is about 85, and the camp will run for two weeks , meeting three mornings a week. Continue Reading
On July 27 2015, RHR brought fifty-five Jahalin Bedouin kids, and teachers (and the two nuns Aziza and Agnes) to spend the day at the sea in Tel Aviv. The group came from Anata, where RHR has been working for many years. Continue Reading
Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann was recently interviewed by Nicole Cooper for Partners for a Progressive Israel on Jerusalem Day and the Jahalin Bedouin.
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.
NOTE: On request of the families, the children were only photographer from the back.
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
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
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