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