Tag archive for "Jerusalem"

Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Wave of administrative demolitions strikes East Jerusalem & West Bank

1 Comment 22 January 2015

The last two days have seen homes and buildings demolished in five Palestinian villages and neighborhoods within Area C of the Occupied Territories or East Jerusalem. To boot,  five houses and nine agricultural structures were demolished today in the Palestinian village Jiftlik, while additional demolitions occurred in Beit Iksa. The demolitions occur because the structures lack building permits. This is especially concerning seeing how times are especially sensitive. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE: Demolition where far right activist announced intention to settle

No Comments 01 December 2014


Home demolished in East Jerusalem in an area where far right-wing activist Aryeh King announced his intention to settle. Continue Reading


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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