Tag archive for "Operation Protective Edge"

General, Occupied Territories

One year after Gaza: A Thought/Prayer after the Fast of 17 Tammuz

No Comments 06 July 2015

Yesterday marked the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz (technically, it was the 18th, due to the 17th falling on Shabbat), a Jewish fast day commemorating the breach in the walls of Jerusalem leading up to the destruction of the Second Temple, and the beginning of a three week mourning period ending with Tisha B’Av (9th of the month of Av).  It is also traditionally said to be the date of a number of other calamities that befell the Jewish people over the year. Last year, the 17th of Tammuz and the mourning period that follows it coincided with much of the fighting in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

RHR Response to the UN’s Report on Operation Protective Edge

No Comments 24 June 2015


The report of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council on the warfare during Operation Protective Edge is a reminder of the opportunity missed by the Israeli governments – the absence of an independent Israeli investigations committee.   An independent investigation committee – transparent, critical and willing to take risks-  tasked with examining  if and when we  failed in to meet our own moral standards during the fighting this past summer would have helped us improve our own moral character. Unfortunately,  we are unable to see in Israel’s Foreign Ministry’s report on the fighting a product of such an investigation.   Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

New report by Breaking the Silence collects soldier testimony from Protective Edge

No Comments 05 May 2015

After months of investigating and verifying, Breaking the Silence has released a new report collecting testimonies from soldiers who fought in summer 2014’s Operation Protection Edge.   Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: Even in the Darkest Times

No Comments 15 September 2014

In his commentary of Parshiot Nitzavim-Vayelech, Rabbi Gideon D. Sylvester invokes the wise words of a Hassidic rebbe and survivor of the Shoah as a reminder that even in the darkest times, when despair and fear to move forward seem to engulf us, there is potential for redemption. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

On Rosh Khodesh & the Ceasefire: A meditation to open ourselves to the power of Elul

No Comments 26 August 2014

On Tuesday and Wednesday, August 26th and 27th,  we mark the new Jewish month of Elul, a month set apart from the others as a time of deep soul searching and repentance in preparation for the upcoming Jewish High Holidays. The marking of the new month, referred to as Rosh Khodesh Elul, this year has coincided with the announcing of a new ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel, effectively (hopefully) ending  Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip.  Continue Reading


My Enemies Are Fear, Hatred and Greed: By Rabbi Emma Sham-Ba Ayalon

3 Comments 20 August 2014

Rabbi Emma Sham-Ba Ayalon reflects on her recent experience in a week-long  intentional “peace camp” together with Israeli, Palestinian, and international activists, and explains how her participation moved her to respond to a message of war with a message of love. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Gaza: Strive for peace and pursue it: By Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann

No Comments 20 August 2014

Rabbi Yehiel Grenniman, director of our human rights in the occupied territories department, recently had his thoughts on the Gaza war published by CNN International.

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann at the Tag Meir demonstration against vengeance and violence in Jerusalem

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann at the Tag Meir demonstration against vengeance and violence in Jerusalem following the revenge murder of 16 year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir


From CNN.com:

My son has recently been released from active reserve duty in the Israel Defense Forces in Gaza, and the two sides are again talking about a serious ceasefire. I am relieved to have my son back and to see that we are talking instead of shooting, and pray that this latest round of negotiations succeeds in bringing us stability and progress towards peace.

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Occupied Territories

Human rights organizations and Gaza: Breaking down the myths

1 Comment 17 August 2014

There are many false myths regarding the positions of human rights organizations on the current operation in Gaza, as well as the ones which preceded it. These myths are disseminated by all sorts of organizations with the goal of undermining the legitimacy of human rights organizations in Israel. We thought we would make some order in this mess. We cannot speak for all human rights organizations, only for Rabbis for Human Rights, though we believe that a significant portion of what is written here reflects, to a large extent, the positions of many organizations as well as the spirit of international humanitarian law. International humanitarian law coincidentally or not so coincidentally overlaps important Jewish principles, and principles of common sense,  facilitating a smart balance between security needs/military considerations and concern for the civilian population on the other side. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Questioning not if the army is moral, but if the policy is moral

2 Comments 17 August 2014

As part of RHR’s effort to engage in a dialogue with the Israeli settler community, the following opinion piece on the IDF and morality will be published in a local print paper in the Israeli settlement Ariel shortly. Please continue to look  for additional pieces in this series alongside the responses by the settler communities themselves. Continue Reading

Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Parasha: Voicing the questions with which we all wrestle

No Comments 06 August 2014

As the recent war in Gaza appears to draw to a close, Dr. Rabbi Edward Rettig gives voice in this week’s parasha to the painful question that so many of us have found ourselves grappling with during this difficult and painful summer.

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