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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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General, Occupied Territories

Rabbi Arik Ascherman interviewed by Amy Goodman for Democracy Now!

No Comments 27 October 2015

On October 26th 2015, Rabbi Ascherman was interviewed by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! following the release of a video of him being attacked by an Israeli extremist which went viral. Unfortunately, the satellite feed cut out midway through the interview.

Please click here to read the transcript of the interview.

More on the attack, including photos

Note: Rabbi Ascherman is NOT a co-founder of RHR. He joined five years after it was founded.

"Amy Goodman in 2010" by ChrisEaves.com - Amy Goodman. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons

“Amy Goodman in 2010” by ChrisEaves.com – Amy Goodman. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Commons

Field Reports, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Palestinian farmers reportedly attacked in N. West Bank, 70 year old man injured

No Comments 27 October 2015

OCTOBER 27th: Palestinians reported that 15 Israelis arrived yesterday (October 27th) around 10am to a Palestinian agricultural area near Elon Moreh and attacked them with rocks and sticks. The Palestinian farmers are from the village Dar al Khattab, and they had been picking olives on their land in coordination with the army. On their way to carry out the attack, the Israelis passed by soldiers who do not stop them; only after the DCO arrived after receiving a report from the group was the violent incident stopped. A 70 year-old Palestinian was lightly wounded from blows to his head. Rabbis for Human Rights Palestinian field worker, Zakaria Sadah, arrived at the scene and coordinated with the army for the safe return of the Palestinian farmers to work in their olive grove.

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Occupied Territories

FRIDAY: International students – join us for a special olive harvest program!

No Comments 27 October 2015

Rabbinical, cantorial, and Jewish education students – Join Rabbis for Human Rights THIS Friday, October 30th, for a special opportunity to harvest olives alongside Palestinians in the Occupied Territories!


We will be harvesting with a welcoming Palestinian community, far from any Israeli settlements. We therefore do not anticipate any security issues. Please note, that will this program is specifically designed for rabbinical, cantorial and education students, ALL are welcome to join. We will depart from Liberty Bell Park at 8am and return by 2pm.

If this day is not good for you, we will be going out most day (Sunday-Friday) until November 6th. You are welcome to join us any of those days instead or as well.

To register for Friday or any other day: [email protected] or call 02 648 2757

Question? Contact Rabbi Ascherman at 050 560 7034 or [email protected]

Download the PDF file .

Field Reports, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Police fail to stop thieves in Palestinian olive groves

2 Comments 20 October 2015

Despite real-time reports and documentation, police fail to stop thieves in Palestinian olive groves

In a pattern that continues each year at the start of the harvest, we have once again witnessed thefts of olives from Palestinian groves. As has occurred previously, once again this is accompanied by the unwillingness of the security forces to take action despite photos taken of the criminals, the crimes taking place in broad daylight, and reports filed in real time.

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