Tag archive for "settler violence"

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


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

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