Tag archive for "settler violence"

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

“What I have Witnessed in Susiya” By Rabbi Arik Ascherman

No Comments 22 June 2014

The following article was written by Rabbi Arik Ascherman, president and senior rabbi of RHR. It originally appeared in the Jewish Chronicle Online. 

What I have Witnessed in Susiya

By Rabbi Arik Ascherman

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General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

REPORTS: Palestinian Child Chased by Extremists near Susiya Settlement

No Comments 16 June 2014

Yesterday, Palestinian residents from the Palestinian village Susya reported that two right wing extremists chased a Palestinian boy in an agricultural area belonging to the village, located near the settlement Susiya. Palestinian residents of Susya have suffered from many instances of violent harassment in this agricultural area and following legal action by Rabbis for Human Rights, an order was issued prohibiting Israelis from entering the area. (In more “typical” circumstances, a government would deter criminal activity and there would be no need for an order forbidding entry on the basis of nationality.) In any case, the boy was able to run away and reach the village before he was caught and adults from the village ran towards the boy to deter those chasing him. Their fears range from the regular attempts to harm Palestinians including children to the fear that this is a retaliation for the recent kidnapping of three Yeshiva students.

Maan News: Settlers ‘Hurl Rocks at residents, houses,’ in South Hebron Hills

RHR prays for the safety of the three kidnapped yeshiva students

The reasons behind the incident are not clear and thus the fears surrounding it remain. We will continue to monitor the situation and warn that violence without intervention simply perpetuates the cycle of hatred and revenge and endangers life on both sides. We can point, for example, to Iraq, the country with the highest rate of terrorism in the world and see how the extremists on both sides – Shiite and Sunni – have chosen to respond to terrorism with more indiscriminate terrorism and see that it has not led to quiet or to deterrence but to an intolerable cycle of violence.

IMAGE: For demonstrative purposes only.

General, Occupied Territories

Coveted Land: Harvesting barley with Palestinian farmer outside Hebron

No Comments 18 May 2014

Despite soaring temperatures, ten RHR volunteers joined Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann and Rabbi Arik Ascherman on Friday, May 16th 2014, in helping Palestinian farmer Abu Anan harvest his land’s barley. Located on the outskirts of Hebron, just outside of the settlement Kiryat Arba, the illegal outpost “Hazon David” was built on Abu Anan’s land. Last year at this time this same field was arsoned and the entire crop lost. Unfortunately, such was not the first incident of settler violence and vandalism. Read Rabbi Ascherman’s thoughts on the day below.
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Field Reports, General, Occupied Territories

Field Report: Spring 2014 Plowing Season

No Comments 12 May 2014

Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, Director of RHR’s Department of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories,  reports  on this plowing season in particular and agricultural work in general in the territories. Rabbis for Human Rights assists Palestinian farmers, often the victims of harassment and attacks perpetrated by extremists, in accessing their agricultural lands, receiving crossing permits and coordinating with the IDF. Continue Reading

General, Justice in Israel, Occupied Territories

Stop Jewish Extremism: Special Tag Meir Demonstration Sunday

2 Comments 07 May 2014

In light of the recent wave of hate crimes against Arabs and Palestinians, the Tag Meir (“Spreading the Light”) coalition is organizing a large protest this Sunday in Jerusalem calling for the government to respond strongly.  Continue Reading

General, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly parasha: “There shall be one law for you”

1 Comment 01 May 2014

This week, Rabbi Galit Oren Moran offers us something a bit different by way of a “visual” parasha.  In this stunning collage, she shows us how far certain sections of our society have strayed from the compassionate ways of the Torah.  Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Press Releases

4 Palestinian Children attacked, one badly injured, by Israeli Extremists

4 Comments 24 April 2014

Israeli settlers attacked with stones four Palestinian children who were returning home from school with their mother

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General, Parasha / E-Letter

Weekly Parasha: A Just People Based on a Moral Present

3 Comments 23 April 2014

In parashat Kdoshim, Rabbi Kobi Weiss warns us of the dangers of using our past and future as a chosen, holy people for justification of an immoral present.  Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

At it Again: Settler previously caught red-handed arrested on suspicion of arson

No Comments 01 April 2014

Resident of the settlement Eli arrested on suspicion of setting fire to trees is the same person filmed early this month with a chainsaw in a Palestinian olive grove.

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General, Occupied Territories

Two Palestinians injured by extremists near the village of Murayer

No Comments 09 March 2014

March 6 2014: Two Palestinians attacked with sticks and stones by a group of Israeli extremists near the village of Murayer in the Occupied Territories. The men sustained mild to moderate injuries which required medical care– mostly bruises to their heads and legs. Continue Reading

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