Tag archive for "settler violence"

General, Occupied Territories

The story behind the photo

1 Comment 03 August 2015

The following photo of RHR Palestinian field worker Zakaria Sadah (blue checkered shirt) went “viral” and was shared widely online (mostly Hebrew) without proper context or understanding.  This situation has resulted in the vilification of our worker by settlers and some Palestinians. Please see below for the story behind the  photo. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Press Releases

After Condemning Jewish Violence Friday, Security Forces Permit it Saturday

2 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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Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Five settlers detained in relation to harassment of Palestinian family

No Comments 02 June 2015

Five settlers were detained on Sunday, May 31 2015 in relation to the harassment of a Palestinian family from the village of Sair who owns land near the settlement Metzad (also referred to as Asfar) and the outpost Pnei Kedem. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Tag Meir Coalition arranges theatrical performance in Murayer

No Comments 16 March 2015

Last week, on Purim (March 5 2015), cars were torched and racist graffiti scrawled on a home in the Palestinian village of Murayer. In response, the Tag Meir Coalition organized a solidarity visit with the village yesterday (March 15 2015), which included an amazing theater performance for the children (and adults!).  Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

He who casts fear: Security coordinator from Nokdim does as he pleases

No Comments 10 March 2015

On Tuesday, March 3rd, a settlement security coordinator, apparently from the settlement of Nokdim, attempted to intimidate Palestinian land owners during a coordination with the army near the settlement of Eldad. Upon arrival at the scene, he demanded to see the IDs of the Palestinians, which he also collected.
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Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Press release: Cars torched, racist graffiti in Palestinian village of Murayer

2 Comments 05 March 2015

Two cars torched, racist graffiti found this morning in Murayer

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Occupied Territories

Settler women with children prevent Palestinian farmers from plowing their land

No Comments 07 February 2015

Zakaria, RHR’s Palestinian field worker, and farmers from Turmos Aya were forced to flee (or use force themselves) when settler women with their children in strollers came from the direction of the Adei Ad outpost, blocked tractors and began banging on Zakaria’s car. Continue Reading


On Gates, Gatekeepers, Tu B’Shvat and the Sabbatical Year

No Comments 05 February 2015

Our Tu B’Shevat tree planting was a great day, but the joy of it, unfortunately, could not eclipse the fact that a worrisome injustice occurred during the day, of which many where unaware. Rabbi Arik Ascherman explains exactly what occurred and what it means: Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Press Releases

RHR sends message of hope and solidarity in joint Israeli-Palestinian tree planting

1 Comment 05 February 2015


Rabbis for Human Rights and the Olive Harvest Coalition send message of hope and solidarity in joint Israeli-Palestinian tree planting Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

New Campaign: Donate an olive tree to a Palestinian farmer!

No Comments 20 January 2015

RHR has launched a new Indigogo campaign raising funds to donate olive trees to Palestinian farmers. $10 buys one sapling for a Palestinian farmer who has either had his trees damaged or destroyed by Israeli extremists, or lives in an area in danger of being taken-over or expropriated by settlement expansion.

For the last ten years Rabbis for Human Rights has planted olive trees with our Palestinian partners in the Occupied Territories in what has become one of our most notable traditions.  As we witness new levels of vandalism against these ancient and precious trees, we see our mission as more urgent and valuable than ever. More than an international symbol of peace, our olive trees also represent the mending of  injustice and wrongs between Israeli Jews and Palestinians. Hope coming alive, these trees will one day bear beautiful olives that will benefit generations of Palestinians to come.


Please visit and donate to the campaign page by clicking here

In Israel? You can also take action by helping us plant the trees themselves!

February 4th – RHR’s annual Tu B’Shevat planting day event

February 6th – International student (but all are welcome) planting


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