Tag archive for "settler violence"

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


Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Mature olive trees felled in Palestinian village Yassuf

No Comments 12 January 2015

PRESS RELEASE | January 11th 2015

Estimated 50 mature olive trees were discovered felled in the Palestinian village Yassuf on January 11th.

Mature trees are more expensive, and it will take the farmers decades in order to make up for the losses caused by today’s destruction. Trees cut in this fashion almost invariably die.

Rabbis for Human Rights expresses its shock at this criminal act and calls on the security forces to make every effort to quickly find those responsible and bring them to justice.

Images: Zacharia Sadah, RHR
Additional photos (Facebook)


STUDENTS: Plant trees with us in solidarity with Palestinians

No Comments 08 January 2015

Dear Students, Partners and Friends,

I know that some of you are on vacation and others of you are studying for exams, and many of you are experiencing your first snow in Jerusalem. I am scheduled to return from England Friday morning, and wish I was in Jerusalem playing in the snow with my children.

Some of you may have heard that last week some 5,000 Palestinian trees were uprooted in the village of Turmosaya. This may have been retribution for the fact that RHR ensured that, despite strong protest from settlers, Fawzi Ibrahim was able to plow his nearby land with army protection the day before.

It will therefore be particularly meaningful for you and your friends to join us in a day of tree planting where trees have been uprooted on Friday, February 6th at 8:30 am, returning at 2:30 pm. We will leave from the Liberty Bell Garden parking lot.

Student-tree planting1

PLEASE RESERVE A SPACE BY CONTACTING THE RHR OFFICE: 02-6482757, info@rhr.israel.net. You can contact me with any questions at 050-5607034, ravarik@rhr.israel.net.

RHR’s Tu B’Shevat Events – February 4th

For those of you who are not in class, our big Tu B’Shvat event for Israelis will be on the actual date of Tu B’Shvat, Wednesday, February 4th. We will leave in the morning to plant trees with Palestinian farmers, plant in the Jewish Katamonim neighborhood in the afternoon, and conclude with a Tu Bshvat seder. Again, please sign up in the office.

Short clip from Israel Social TV of last year’s Tu B’Shvat planting

Additional Reminder: Student programs for the rest of the year

Friday, February 20th: Poverty in Israel
Learn about the face of Israeli poverty, its roots and causes, and what RHR is doing about it. RHR’s Socio-Economic Rights Center in Hadera

Friday, March 21st: Israel and the Negev Bedouin
RHR, with the help of the American Jewish community, has contributed to the freezing of plans to demolish tens of Bedouin villages, transfering some 40,000 citizens of Israel from their homes to crime ridden townships while dispossessing them of most of their remaining lands. Nevertheless, the threat remains. Various locations, Negev Desert

Friday,  April 17th: Preparation for Yom HaAtzmaut & year summary
Has this year changed us? How do we work for a better Isael without delegitmizing Israel, or giving up on the nation? And, how do we celebrate Israel without sweeping its challenges under the rug? When we return home, how will we speak of Israel and can we remain involved? Location: TBA

Friday, May 1st: The Cave Dwellers of the South Hebron Hills
Learn about the unique culture of the Palestinian cave dwellers and find out what RHR does to protect them. South Hebron Hills


For more details, please click here. You MUST RSVP with our offices for all events. Please note: While these events are specially geared towards rabbinical, cantorial and education students, they are open to all.


Rabbi Arik Ascherman

Photos from last year’s Tu B’Shvat planting:
Rabbi Ascherman and RHR's Palestinian field worker, Zakaria Sadah

Rabbi Ascherman and RHR’s Palestinian field worker, Zakaria Sadah

Planting in Jerusalem's low-income Katamon neighborhood

Planting in Jerusalem’s low-income Katamon neighborhood

Occupied Territories

US Consulate car stoned by right-wing extremists near Adei Ad outpost

1 Comment 03 January 2015

 A car belonging to the convoy of the US Consulate was stoned by right-wing extremists near the outpost of Adi Ad and the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya on January 2 2015. The convoy was accompanied by Palestinians. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories

Estimated 5,000 olive trees destroyed between Palestinian village Turmus Ayya & outpost Adei Ad

1 Comment 03 January 2015

January 1: Thousands of olive tree saplings reported uprooted or destroyed between the Palestinian village of Turmos Ayya and the outpost Adei Ad. 

Initial estimates believed the number of trees destroyed to number around 5,000. Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Israeli news exposes death threats received by RHR worker

No Comments 01 January 2015

Israeli Channel 2 news last night (December 31 2014) exposed recordings of racist death threats made to RHR’s Palestinian field worker, Zacharia Sada: Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Commander Goes Back On His Words Because He Doesn’t Have The Forces To Protect Farmer From Settlers

No Comments 23 December 2014

The Shomron Division commander and the DCO officer in charge of Palestinian agriculture have gone back on their word because they don’t have the forces to deal with the settlers of Eish Kodesh and their friends. Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Palestinians report attack by security coordinator of Nokdim settlement

No Comments 23 December 2014


Palestinians who entered into farmland near the Nokdim settlement with coordination from the IDF report they were attacked by the settlement security officer who subsequently attempted to run them over with his car. Continue Reading

Field Reports, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Field Report: RHR’s 2014 Olive Harvest

No Comments 14 December 2014

Every fall, Rabbis for Human Rights brings hundreds of volunteers to work side-by-side with Palestinian farmers during our Olive Harvest campaign. Our presence provides protection against possible settler intimidation, enables farmers to pick within the limited number of days that they can safely do so, and has also become an act of solidarity between Israeli Jews and Palestinians. As the fall 2014 harvest season comes to a close, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann,director of RHR’s Department of Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, updates us on how it went. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

A Scene of Desecration: Rabbi Yehiel on Al Mughayir’s Burned Mosque

1 Comment 14 November 2014

A mosque was badly arsoned, presumably by Jewish extremists, in the early hours of November 12 2014 in the village of Al Mughayir. About a month prior, another mosque, in a different Palestinian village in the Occupied Territories, was also burned. Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann of RHR visited the mosque in Al Mughayir and writes of his shock at the severity of the arson.  Continue Reading

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