As elections approach, each day we will be asking a different question that no party has addressed yet concerning human rights. Continue Reading
Tag archive for "Public Housing"
Monday, March 16th, the High Court will hear a case concerning what to do with excess funds from the liquidation of the Prazot public housing cooperation. RHR opposes the distribution of the funds towards many uses, and demands it be used to build more public housing apartments! Continue Reading
Rabbis for Human Rights is pleased that the conversation on public housing and other social justice issues has taken such a prominent stage in this year’s election.
Nevertheless, there are still important questions that have not yet been addressed. Continue Reading
As elections draw closer, we have been pleased to note that there has been a great deal of discussion regarding public housing and other socioeconomic justice issues. However, we in RHR are asking all of Israel’s parties to tell voters what their positions are on some of the other issues we work on, such as Palestinian human rights, African asylum seekers and our Negev Bedouin citizens. The questionnaire can be read below. Since we have limited ourselves to issues we deal with, it is by no means exhaustive even for Israel Continue Reading
As Israel prepares to go to the voting booth on March 17th 2015, RHR is running a series of features encouraging citizens to vote and reminding them to bring the values of human rights work and the honoring of God’s Image along with them into the voting booth. This post was originally featured on the Rabbi Ascherman’s Times of Israel blog.
In the coming month, there will be three socio-economic justice/public housing events. We urge you to attend. Continue Reading
On Thursday January 1 2015, Rabbis for Human Rights along with the Public Housing Forum sent a letter to the legal advisor of Israel’s government demanding that, in addition to an investigation of how it happened, the sale of public housing apartments to party affliates of Building Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) be stopped. While thousands of citizens wait years for public housing apartments, these apartments were sold at prices substantially below market value, often to religious institutions.
UPDATE: On the morning of Sunday, January 4th, the Ministry announced the sales are being stopped.
Below is the letter sent by RHR:
PRESS RELEASE| November 14th 2015
Please join us this Wednesday (November 19 2014) at the Knesset’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty as we demand the government stop ignoring poverty in Israel.
In the coming weeks the government is expected to approve the final budget for the coming year. This budget, however, ignores more than 1.755 million people living in poverty in Israel. For these people, they will continue to live without essential rights, including the right to shelter, educational stipends, and the right to search for employment without impediments. In a preliminary examination of the draft budget, the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty concluded that despite slogans and statements from elected officials that say otherwise, it seems the government intends to continue to neglect both the people in Israel living in poverty, as well as the problem of poverty in general that plagues our state.
On Wednesday, November 19 2014, the Knesset will mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, led by Knesset members Ilan Gilon, Orly Levy-Abekasis and Chaim Katz, in conjunction with the Forum for the Struggle Against Poverty. The day will focus on the fight against poverty through the implementation of the recommendations of the Alaluf Committee to Fight Poverty into the upcoming budget of 2015.
As part of the day the Knesset committees will discuss the selected recommendations from the Alaluf report alongside ways to implement them immediately in the current budget. The day of discussions will be held in the main chamber of the Knesset and will address the question of how to influence the Israeli government to implement the recommendations of the Committee in the 2015 budget.
Agenda (subject to change)
09:00 Knesset committee discussions
14:00 Conference Centers
Registration required: Click here to register (limited spots available)
Partner organizations in the community to combat poverty:
*Union of Social Workers*Anu*Prisoner Rights*Israeli Association for Ethiopian Jewry* Association for Civil Rights in Israel*Society for Patient Rights in Israel*Unit for Community Work-Bat Yam*The Israeli Center for the Promotion of Social Justice*Sikkuy*Internships for Social Change- Beersheva*Students for Social Work*Social Safety Network*Rabbis for Human Rights*Haifa Cooperative for Stopping the Cycle of Poverty*Shatil*Yes for the Elderly-Promoting Senior Rights*Activists from communities living in poverty
RHR Advocate Becky Cohen-Keshet specializes in public housing in Israel. On Thursday October 2nd, the day before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, where Jews atone for their sins and believe their fates for the coming year to be sealed, she achieved a victory for public housing at the High Court. It is our hope that this case will act as a stepping stone in our struggle to save public housing in Israel, so that all those in need of a stable, safe home will have one. Continue Reading
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Click here for RHR’s annual Yom Kippur vidui. The annual Assif Rukhani (Spiritual Harvest – The list of some of what is good and positive about Israel and Israelis, as well as some of RHR’s accomplishments in this past year) will be posted on our website (www.rhr.org.il/eng) on Sunday, along with beautiful ushpizin (Sukkah guests) posters featuring original artwork depicting some of those who we wish to welcome into our sukkah and into our hearts. Continue Reading
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