Tag archive for "Jerusalem"


RHR condemns the November 5th Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem

No Comments 05 November 2014

Rabbis for Human Rights is deeply pained by and strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attack today on the Jerusalem light rail station. We send heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased and wish speedy recovery to the injured. Continue Reading


Prayers for Rabbi Yehuda ben Brenda v Shimon Glick

No Comments 30 October 2014

RHR calls for prayers for Rabbi Yehuda ben Brenda v’Shimon Glick, in what appears to have been a nationalist motivated assassination attempt. RHR is aware of the great tension over the last half a year because Israeli security forces have accompanied Jews to the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif, but condemns the use of power and violence to solve conflicts. We aspire to the day that access to sites holy to all of us is not a source of tension.

Temple Mount as seen from the Mount of Olives

Temple Mount as seen from the Mount of Olives

Jpost: Jerusalem’s Temple Mount closes to all visitors after shooting of Yehuda Glick


RHR condemns the October 22 2014 terrorist attack in Jerusalem

No Comments 23 October 2014

RHR is shocked by and condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack yesterday in Jerusalem. We mourn the unimaginable loss of Chaya Zissel Braun, the 3 month old baby girl murdered in this horrific event. Our deepest prayers are with her family during this tragic time, and we wish for the refuah shelma (full recovery) of all those injured. Attacks against civilians are egregious crimes. Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Occupied Territories, Reflections from RHR Rabbis & Staff

When Will the Messiah Come?- A Cry for our Beloved Country

1 Comment 10 July 2014

 As Israel  seems to plunge deeper into darkness, Rabbi Ascherman provides an update on a number of pressing issues in human rights in Israel and the occupied territories. Continue Reading

Education, General, Legal Work

RHR Attorney Quamar Mishirqi-Assad: Powerful Voice in Israeli Society

1 Comment 12 April 2014

Rabbi Nava Hefetz presents us with the profile of a groundbreaking woman in Israeli society: Attorney Quamar Mishirqi-Assad, Head of Rabbis for Human Rights Legal Department in the Occupied Territories.

QuamarSusya residents

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General, Petitions

STOP: Racist rabbi’s appointment as Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem

No Comments 10 February 2014

Call to action to stop the appointment of a known racist as Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. Please let Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat know that Shmuel Eliyahu is an inappropriate choice for Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem.


“The Arab society has an agenda; they want to Islamize the world. Arab society is, generally and without generalizations, a violent society.” — Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu

Shmuel Eliyahu, currently the chief rabbi of Safed, appears to have he won the backing of Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat in his candidacy for chief rabbi of Jerusalem. Eliyahu has a very serious history of racist, inflammatory, and hateful statements against Arabs, secular Jews, women, and other minorities within Israel. In 2011, a criminal investigation was launched into Eliyahu’s comment, but was dropped due to lack of proper evidence, and in 2013 a number of government officials including Tzipi Livni and Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein made moves to prevent  Eliyahu’s from running for chief rabbi of Israel. The following media exhibit his beliefs quite clearly: Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

All you wanted to know about the olive harvest and did not dare to ask

No Comments 14 October 2012

Olive harvest, Burin, West Bank, 9.10.2012 | cc: flickr, Activestills

You are invited to come and harvest olives at the Palestinian villages near Nablus (and in other places) and near to settlements. The importance of an Israeli presence at the olive harvest is to demonstrate solidarity with the village inhabitants – farmers, the great majority of whom make their living from the olives and request our help and presence during the harvest season. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

A visit to the boy who was lynched and the family who had a molotov thrown at them

No Comments 26 August 2012

 (“Where would the police be in the next lynch?” – activestills ©)

Thursday (22/8/2012) Rabbi Yechiel Grienimann and I went to Hadassah Hospital to visit the young man who had been attacked in Kikar Zion in the middle of Jerusalem and the Palestinian family who had been attacked. Six members of the family lie in hospital, the mother with her face burnt and her hands in bandages, two little ones of 6 and 4 of whom the boy the grandmother said he been burnt on his whole body, and three men. We only saw the one man briefly as the television crew was there but his hands and both his legs are in enormous bandages.

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General, Occupied Territories

Women solidarity at Sheikh Jarrah

No Comments 22 May 2012

cc: flickr -Photo by: JC/Activestills.org. Protest against “Jerusalem Day”, East Jerusalem, 20.05.2012

Solidarity, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is the “unity of a group that is based on common interests, objectives, and standards. ” Growing up in segregated Jerusalem, I had understood solidarity to describe my affinity to the Jewish community alone. It was only after I ventured into East Jerusalem and the West Bank that I redefined this term. For when I began organizing with Palestinians facing eviction in Sheikh Jarrah, my conception of who I could share values with radically changed. Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel

I have to choose between medications, and food for my son and rent money

No Comments 22 April 2012

Etti Hen. Photo by Hamabara Site

This is a translation of the profile of Etti Hen, which, with the help of RHR, first appeared last summer on the website of Israel’s Channel 2.  Click here for the Channel 2 website in Hebrew.

My name is Etti Hen.  I am 23 live in the Katamonim a single mother to Avior-Haim, three years old. Today I live in the Ein Breira encampment in Gan Hair,Jerusalem. I would like to tell you, through my personal story, what is sadly going on today in our country to these who fall sick or fall into need for other reasons. This is something that can happen to anyone. I am telling my story not to tell everybody how pitiable I am, but to show a wider phenomena: How low  people inIsraelcan sink, and how much of this is due to the fact that the State is indifferent to its troubled citizens.

Nine years ago I was diagnosed as having cirrhosis, a disease for which there is currently no cure. The only solution is to take medications that will keep your liver functioning, but the medications are very expensive and I can not allow myself to buy it. I have to choose between medications, and food for my son and rent money. I chose to take care of my son. In addition to the physical pain, the fact that I am not taking this medication means that in the future I will probably need to have a liver transplant that I will not be able to finance.

Due to the disease, it was determined that I have a 60% disability. I am therefore categorized as a person who are not able to work, but I still have to work caring for the elderly for NIS 1,400 NIS in order to provide for my son. I hope to get help, but to whom will I turn? My country has turned its back to me, and shut every door in my face.

A few numbers and statistics to think about:  When I was married I received both a rent subsidy and disability payments totalingNIS3,200 per month.  After I was divorced I stopped receiving the rend subsidy, and my disability benefits were cut to IS 1,500 per month.  Finally a few hundred additional shekels were restored.  Because I am divorced the state payment I receive is onlyNIS79. This is in spite of the fact that my ex husband does not pay alimony or help in any other way to care for our son.  Through no fault of my own I found myself running up a debt because I could not pay city taxes.  A lien was put on my salary and social security payments.   The only support hat I receive from the state today is 50% of the costs for my son’s pre school.

I tried to get public housing but failed, “Prazot” the public housing company in Jerusalem helps only mothers with 75%  or more disability. In a meeting with one Prazot” representative I was told that in order to get help I need to bring three more children to the world. But if I do not have the money to provide one child, how do they want me to have three more? (The requirement is actually three children total for a single parent, but Etti wrote three more children.  A.A.)

The tension influences the child

If I would not have received a small amount of support from my parents, I would be in the street/ But it is not clear whether they will be able to continue their support. I got to the point that in order to get to work I borrow money. Every month I receive a donation of food. I try to ask for more, but I a told that there are many families and mothers like me who need help.

The pressure and the tension of such a life is impacts on Avior. He is frustrated and cries a lot in kindergarten. He wants to be with me all the time, as if to protect me.

I would like to turn to all of the people ofIsrael, including those who do not have financial or medical problems at the moment, and ask them, “In what kind of society would you like to live?” Every one of us is vulnerable.  Everyone could God forbid find themselves in my situation, something I would not wish on anybody. We must not become a society that abandons those in trouble, without any solidarity or support enabling them to live in dignity.

I call upon you to join the struggle. If I, being ill and disabled, can go out and live in an encampment, everyone can come to the decision that it is necessary to stop harming the weak people in the society.

I do not want to beg for donations and charity, I want to raise my son in dignity and on my own give him a secure life. I do not ask for much.  I don’t want a plasma television, and not a nargila or sushi. I want only that my child will have a warm home, a warm place to live. I want to be able to give him a hot meal at noon and in the evening, and the leftovers in the morning. If one has these basic things, one can again live in dignity.

Ei Chen is a resident of Ein Breira encampment inJerusalem, an encampment that is occupied mainly by single mothers who have no public housing.

This piece originally appeared last summer on the Channel 2 website.  Eti was in danger of being evicted from her home when this was written.  As a result of six month subsidies provided to those in the encampments, Eti was able to rent a new apartment.  It is not clear what will happen when these temporary subsidies run out. Activists have been able to help Eti with her medicine.  Eti continues to be active in the “Ma’abarah” group inJerusalemwhich connects between the housing needs of all.

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