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Occupied Territories

Mosque burned in early hours in Palestinian village Aqrabah

No Comments 14 October 2014

Palestinian residents of the village Aqrabah discovered that the mosque had been overnight (early Tuesday morning, October 14t 2014) in an apparent “price tag” attack.  The first floor of the mosque was burned, with damage done to the carpet, the walls and to copies of the Koran. Continue Reading

Occupied Territories, Press Releases

Olive Harvest in the Occupied Territories starts with a number of serious incidents

No Comments 07 October 2014

PRESS RELEASE | Oct 6th 2014

As the olive harvest begins, a number of serious incidents have been reported in the Occupied Territories. 

 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.

Unfortunately, the start of the harvest season was marred by a number of incidents of vandalism and destruction, some on land that farmers do not visit regularly during the year, so it is difficult to know when the destruction occurred. A few dozen mature olive trees were discovered cut down in Yasuf; most where cut at the bark of the tree, causing severe harm to the tree that we have not seen for some time.

Additionally, 15 trees were cut in Burin, along with a similar number in Aqrabah, along the Detroit Road where it was reported that settlers attempted to disrupt the harvest by expelling Palestinian farmers and giving orders to soldiers.

The legal proceeding from these acts are being handled by Yesh Din, who add that:

“It is important to note that even though the Israeli army has publicly committed to having its forces ready and reinforced in the run-up to the harvest, with special focus on well known friction zones, the severe damage that was reported today occurred exactly in the most predictable spots.”

Rabbis for Human Rights also adds that there is a Biblical prohibition against the destruction of fruit trees. We continue to work against this wasteful, hateful violence.

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RHR Field Worker Zakaria Sadah with DCO as they investigate trees cut down in Aqrabah

RHR Field Worker Zakaria Sadah with DCO as they investigate trees cut down in Aqrabah

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For information on how to volunteer with RHR and assist Palestinian farmers safely harvest olives in the Occupied Territories click here.

Related media:

Dozens of olive trees destroyed in the West Bank in run-up to harvest, Ynet

Occupied Territories

Trees Destroyed in Palestinian village of Safa near Bat Ayin

No Comments 15 September 2014

For the second time this week, an elderly Palestinian farmer’s plot of land in the village of Safa next to the settlement Bat Ayin was attacked and trees destroyed. Continue Reading

General, Occupied Territories

Watering trees in Anata: A volunteer gives her impressions

No Comments 09 September 2014

On Friday, September 5th, Rabbi Arik Ascherman and Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann took a group of volunteers to assist a farmer in watering his trees in the Palestinian village of Anata. Although the group was concerned that they would be given a hard time by local extremists, it ended up being a quiet morning. One of the volunteers shares her impressions of the day.  Continue Reading

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

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