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Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Legal Work, March 2015 Elections, Occupied Territories

Questions no party has answered

No Comments 15 March 2015

As elections approach, each day we will be asking a different question that no party has addressed yet concerning human rights. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel

UPDATE- Public housing case scheduled for Monday POSTPONED

No Comments 12 March 2015

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

Justice in Israel, March 2015 Elections

Questions no party has answered – public housing

No Comments 11 March 2015

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

Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Legal Work, March 2015 Elections, Occupied Territories, Refugees rights - UNHCR

March 2015 elections: Questionnaire for political candidates

No Comments 08 March 2015

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

Justice in Israel, Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, March 2015 Elections

From El Arakib to Beit Shean: Standing Idly by while the powerless are oppressed

No Comments 26 February 2015

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.

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Mark your calendars: Upcoming social justice/public housing conferences

No Comments 12 February 2015

In the coming month, there will be three socio-economic justice/public housing events. We urge you to attend. Continue Reading

Justice in Israel, Legal Work

In letter to Attorney General, RHR demands illegal sale of public housing apartments stop

No Comments 05 January 2015

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.

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Below is the letter sent by RHR:

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View the letter as a pdf

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The Times of Israel: MKs up in arms over report minister sold public housing

General, Justice in Israel, Press Releases

This Wednesday, Tell the government: Stop neglecting poverty

No Comments 16 November 2014

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.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty at the Knesset

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

  •  The Knesset Interior and Environmental Protection – public housing – allocation of public housing tenants apartments Sde Dov
  • The Education, Culture and Sport – application of differential budgeting in the education system and application of the Alaluf report
  •  Labor, Welfare and Health – setting a maximum threshold for the number of families treated by family social worker, increasing standards and an equitable distribution (of what….?)
  • Economic Committee – Discussion bill public housing tenant rights (information transparency in housing) of the lobby for public housing
  • Committee on the Rights of the Child – Poverty among children in Israel following the UNICEF report

14:00 Conference Centers

  • Opposition leader MK Isaac Herzog
  • Eli Alaluf, chairman of the Alaluf Committee to Fight Poverty
  • National Insurance CEO, Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef

Registration required: Click here to register (limited spots available)

Facebook event listing here

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

Justice in Israel, Legal Work

His day in court: Legal victory marks step forward in the fight to save public housing

No Comments 06 October 2014

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

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Yom Kippur Thoughts 5775: Distinguishing between Masui and Ratsui

No Comments 03 October 2014

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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