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Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Watch: Young Jewish settlers incited to violence by elders

No Comments 29 November 2015



A group of young Jewish boys came to the Palestinian village of Madma from the settlement of Yitzhar on Saturday and called for Palestinian farmers to be the next Muhammad Abu Khdeir and Dawabshe. Palestinian Muhammad Abu Khdeir was burned alive in the summer of 2014 by Jewish extremists, while three of the Dawabshe family, from the Palestinian village of Duma, were burned to death in an arson attack reportedly by Jewish extremists.

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Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Suspect arrested in connection to assault of Rabbi Ascherman

No Comments 08 November 2015


Response from Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president and senior rabbi of Rabbis for Rabbis for Human Rights,  to the arrest of a suspect in his assault, announced today by the police. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

The right to a stable home: Important policy shifts announced at Public Housing Day!

No Comments 28 October 2015


The Housing Ministry: There will not be an increase of rental rates and the tenants of public housing will be able to purchase new apartments at the price of old apartments in the framework of urban renewal.

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Justice in Israel, Press Releases

The struggle against poverty comes to the Knesset

No Comments 21 October 2015

From the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty, on the conference to mark International Day for the Struggle Against Poverty:

Yesterday, 61 members of the Knesset signed a promise to support a bill, to be submitted soon, ensuring disability pension will be paid at a rate comparable to minimum wage.

The event was an initiative of the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty (of which RHR is an active member) along with members of the anti-poverty caucus (MK Ilan Gilon, Eli Elalouf, Ayman Odeh, and Meir Cohen) in collaboration with other organizations. The event was attended by over 300 activists, who participated in about 10 break-away sessions. The event concluded with a major conference attended by Knesset members Amir Peretz, Michal Rozin and Tamar Zandberg. During the day, a number of important statements were made relating to the fight against poverty:

Dr. Daniel Gottlieb, vice president of research and planning for National Insurance Institute:

“If there was an operative and quantitative target for reducing poverty, we would be able to monitor and report on changes, but there is currently such a target.”

Dr. Ronnie Strier, University of Haifa:

“During the conference, all the evidence shows that there are barriers in various aspects for ending the cycle of poverty, and all are a matter of government policies.”

“We have seen how poverty passes from generation to generation. These barriers are not accidental, they are systematic. This is a denial of basic rights. We have to demand our leaders change it.”

During the day’s main conference MK Meir Cohen declared:

“Poverty is an ongoing terrorist attack”.

Raheli an activist from The Joint Haifa Poverty Chain group, a member of the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty:

“MKs have to understand that for them Poverty Day is held one day a year, for us it 365 days a year, a daily reality- MKs should know that we will not give up and continue to fight for a national program to combat poverty. “

MK Alaluf (former Chairman of the Committee for Fighting Poverty):

“There is not enough money in the budget to fulfill the Committee’s conclusions to fight poverty.”

MK Ayman Odeh:

“Even if we are full of fear and despair today, I still remember the summer of 2011 when we walked in Haifa and declared in Hebrew and Arabic ‘The people demand social justice.”

Dr. Daniel Gottlieb, a representative of the National Insurance:

“We oppose the new index for calculating poverty that was introduced in the Arrangements Law. The index is skewed and is not an operational and quantitative target for reducing poverty. “



Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Series of violent incidents against Palestinians follows recent bloody events

No Comments 04 October 2015


Series of violent incidents against Palestinians in the southern West Bank follows recent bloody events. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Press Releases

Demonstration against work on Jewish Hiran on the ruins of the Bedouin Um el Hiran

1 Comment 26 August 2015


The Coalition of Organizations for the Recognition of the Unrecognized Negev Bedouin Villages

The residents of the Bedouin village of Umm el Hiran and the Regional Council of Unrecognized Villages in the Negev are holding a demonstration and march in the village on Thursday, August 28, 2015 at 11 AM against the beginning of work to build the Jewish community of Hiran on the land of their village after it is demolished

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Occupied Territories, Press Releases

RHR sends letter to defense minister protesting recent wave of home demolitions

No Comments 26 August 2015


The wave of Palestinian house demolitions in the West Bank indicates a failure of the new planning outline in Area C and the pursuit of demolitions instead     

On Sunday Aug 23, 2015, Rabbis for Human Rights sent a letter to the Minister of Defense warning against the widespread wave of Palestinian home demolitions in Area C, which is contrary to the defense establishment’s statements that it allows and is even improving Palestinian development in Area C. The organization, which fought for planning rights for Palestinians, asserts that while the State continues to refuse to make the necessary changes in the planning system, it has stepped up its demolition activity.

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Legal Work

High Court throws out petition against illegal outpost near Carmei Tzur

No Comments 06 August 2015

PRESS RELEASE | Aug 3 2015


High Court throws out petition against outpost encroaching on Palestinian land even though state has no intention of evacuating the it. 

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Occupied Territories, Press Releases

After Condemning Jewish Violence Friday, Security Forces Permit it Saturday

12 Comments 02 August 2015



Same Old Games: After Condemning Jewish Violence Friday, Security Forces Permit it on Saturday 


Rabbis for Human Rights: One day after the Israeli security forces condemned murderous violence against Palestinians,  they protect violent settlers near Qusra.  


On Saturday violent far-right activists came from the outpost of Esh Kodesh (“Holy Fire”) to a plot of land cultivated by Palestinian farmers from the village of Qusra. The area is classified “Area B”  and is under  Palestinian civilian control. There is no Israeli administered “state land” present, and there is no legitimate debate regarding ownership of the land the Palestinians  were attempting to work on. Despite it being Shabbat, the right-wing extremists attacked Palestinian farmers in front of Israeli army soldiers, preventing the farmers from completing their agriculture work.  The situation developed into a violent confrontation, and the soldiers present did not try to stop the right-wing extremists, but rather offered them protection.  Later, after the situation had de-escalated, a member of the police attacked Palestinians with a taser gun without cause.




RHR opposes any form of violence while condemning the Israeli security forces’ actions of tacitly permitting violence against Palestinian farmers by Jewish extremists. This behavior is especially egregious since it occurred in Area B.  Only one day after the shocking murder of a Palestinian toddler in the village of Duma, the army’s refusal to respond appropriately to violence by Jewish extremists demonstrates that no lessons have been learned as a result of Ali’s death. Israeli authorities must act decisively and strongly against Jewish violence and terror.


While it is natural that the security forces may identify more with their own people, procedures regarding law enforcement in situations involving violent Israelis must be clearly laid out and consistently implemented.


Photos by Zakaria Sadah, RHR field worker

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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

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