Tag archive for "olive harvest"

Occupied Territories

Court’s Message: Violent attacks on human rights workers are worth it

No Comments 18 December 2017

Before leaving Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR), Rabbi Arik Ascherman, then serving as RHR’s president, experienced a violent attack which was filmed by our field director Zakaria Sadah. This Saturday night (December 16th) the Magistrate’s Court in Petach Tikvah ruled that the youth will not be handed a criminal sentence. Continue Reading

Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Olive Harvest 2017: Incidents of violence & olive stealing in harvest’s first week

No Comments 15 October 2017

Last week, the second week of October, Rabbis for Human Rights began assisting Palestinian olive farmers with their harvesting in Area C near Israeli settlements and outposts. Our presence in the groves deters extremist settlers from violence while ensuring the army does not place unnecessary and unfair restrictions and limitations on the farmers’ right to harvest. Continue Reading

Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Soldiers needlessly attempt to obstruct Palestinian from harvesting olives

1 Comment 03 November 2016

With Rabbis for Human Rights’ intervention, Palestinian farmer in the Gush Etzion region is permitted to continue his harvest after soldiers attempt to obstruct the work.

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Field Reports, Occupied Territories


No Comments 27 October 2016

The olive harvest is winding down! Now is the time to sign up to join us in the occupied territories as we assist Palestinian farmers pick their olives, ensuring they are able to safely complete the harvest. Your presence not only deters Jewish extremists from causing problems, but also sows seeds of fellowship and hope.

Join us and help us show these farmers, whose previous experiences with Jews and Israelis is often only with radical extremists, a kinder and more loving face of Judaism!


Photos are from the harvest at Deir al Hatab on Tuesday, October 25 2016.









Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Extremist settlers threaten Palestinian farmers & RHR volunteers

No Comments 09 October 2016

Today was the first morning for our volunteers in this olive harvest season. As soon as we got to our chosen harvest location, an extremist settler from the Tapuah outpost came with a large stick towards us, threatening both the Palestinians and our volunteers. He tried to expel the Palestinians from the land, but we stood between him and the Palestinians, and we’re now our way to file a complaint with the police. Continue Reading


Surrendering to Jewish Terror: A Summary of the 2015 Olive Harvest

No Comments 19 November 2015


Rabbis For Human Rights has a message for the military authorities at the conclusion of the Olive harvest: Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Photos: Honoring our dedicated volunteers and closing the olive harvest season

No Comments 17 November 2015

On Sunday November 15th (3rd of Kislev), RHR recognised the dedication of our volunteers in a special ceremony marking the end of the olive harvest season. The event was held at the Arab-Jewish Community Center in Yaffo. Together, we spoke of the significance of the act of harvesting, and shared our personal thoughts, experiences and reflections from this year’s harvest. RHR staff members Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Yael Vurgan and Zakaria Sadah were present to give a big thank you to all our volunteers whose dedication showed the world that, amidst all the recent tension, it is indeed possible to choose a path of solidarity, fellowship and justice.   Volunteers received certificates and a small plant as a show of our appreciation.  Continue Reading

Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Photos: RHR harvest in Burin and Atara

No Comments 16 November 2015

On November 13th, RHR brought international and Israeli volunteers to harvest olives side-by-side with Palestinian farmers in the West Bank villages of Burin and Atara. Throughout the olive harvest season, we bring volunteers to help farmers with land in areas nearby settlements or outposts known for violence and vandalism against Palestinians and their property. Our presence helps deter attacks, as extremists are much less likely to cause trouble when they know internationals and Israelis are present. Continue Reading

Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Rabbis Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman join RHR for the Palestinian harvest

1 Comment 03 November 2015

On November 2nd, Rabbis Arthur Waskow and Phyllis Berman, among the leaders of the Jewish Renewal Movement (Rabbi Waskow also heads the Shalom Center) blessed us with their presence at the olive harvest in Burin.
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Field Reports, Occupied Territories

PHOTOS: Rabbinical, cantorial & Jewish education students join the harvest in Burin!

1 Comment 02 November 2015

On Friday October 30th, rabbinical, cantorial, and other international students spending the year in Israel participated in the Palestinian olive harvest with RHR in the village of Burin. 

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