Tag archive for "Jerusalem"

General, Occupied Territories

House of my Dreams: Rabbi Ascherman on the Temple Mount

No Comments 01 March 2015

In an effort to reach new audiences and spark dialogue, this  piece by Rabbi Arik Ascherman on the Temple Mount originally appeared in the Israeli publication Makor Rishon. Makor Rishon is  known for its right-wing, religious readership. 

NOTE: Below is not an exact, word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew, but rather represents what Rabbi Ascherman wishes to express in English. 

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Williams College students visit Jerusalem in component to winter study course

No Comments 01 February 2015

RHR’s new Center for Interreligious Encounter with Israel (a part the Interrelgious Council of Israel which was recently incorporated into RHR) is currently conducting its first program under RHR auspices. Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Wave of administrative demolitions strikes East Jerusalem & West Bank

2 Comments 22 January 2015

PRESS RELEASE | JANUARY 22 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

PRESS RELEASE | DECEMBER 1 2014

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

General

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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“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

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