Tag archive for "South Hebron Hills"


RHR condemns murder of Israeli father and son in S Hebron Hills

No Comments 15 November 2015

Rabbis for Human Rights mourns the tragic and senseless murder of an Israeli father and son on Friday, November 13 in the S Hebron Hills by a Palestinian extremist. May God comfort their family. We pray for a quick recovery for the injured, and condemn all use of violence, which leads only to more violence and human suffering.

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Field Reports, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Photos: Shepherds from the settlement Susya trespass on private Palestinian lands

1 Comment 30 July 2015

Yesterday morning, July 29 2015,  Rabbi Ascherman met Israeli settler shepherds on Palestinian Susya’s land. He writes: Continue Reading

General, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Rabbis join hundreds protesting in solidarity with Susya!

No Comments 26 July 2015

On Friday July 24 2015, nine buses full of Israelis, internationals, and activists  arrived in the small Palestinian village of Susya in order to show support to the village currently under immediate threat of demolition. The demonstration was one of the largest joint protests in recent history in the Occupied Territories, and was organised by Rabbis for Human Rights along with Israeli NGOs B’Tselem, Combatants for Peace, and Ta’ayush.  Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Friends abroad: Tell the Israeli embassy near you to save Susya!

1 Comment 23 July 2015

There are signs that the pressure being applied on Israel to not demolish Susya is having an effect. We are asking our friends and supporters abroad to please contact the Israel embassy near them, and politely but firmly and passionately ask that justice be done for the residents of Susya. Following is a sample letter that can be sent. Please look here for a list of local embassies. Please keep contacting your elected officials as well. 

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Legal Work, Occupied Territories

LISTEN: Rabbi Ascherman interviewed by Deutsche Welle News on Susya

No Comments 22 July 2015

Rabbi Arik Ascherman, senior rabbi and president of RHR, interviewed on DW news on West Bank demolitions and Susya Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

200 prominent Israelis sign statement in support of Susya

2 Comments 21 July 2015

Over 200 prominent Israelis, including novelists David Grossman, A.B. Yehoshua, and Etgar Keret, sign a public statement published in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz (July 20th) against the demolition of Susya! Continue Reading

Legal Work

Media round-up: The Struggle to Save Susya!

No Comments 20 July 2015

RHR is pleased to see the amount of press the plight of Susya has received this last week. Although not comprehensive, below is a listing of recent media publications on the topic. Continue Reading


WATCH: State department strongly urges Israel to refrain from Susya demolitions

1 Comment 17 July 2015

State Department Spokesperson says yesterday that they are closely watching the events in Susya, “strongly urges” Israel to refrain from demolishishing homes, and says that demolitions or evictions would be “harmful and provocotive,” with implicatons beyond Susya itself.

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QUESTION: Do you have a reaction to reports that Israel may demolish part of a village called Susiya in the West Bank for expanding settlements?

MR KIRBY: I do. We’re closely following developments in the village of Susiya in the West Bank, and we strongly urge the Israeli authorities to refrain from carrying out any demolitions in the village. Demolition of this Palestinian village or of parts of it, and evictions of Palestinians from their homes would be harmful and provocative. Such actions have an impact beyond those individuals and families who are evicted. We are concerned that the demolition of this village may worsen the atmosphere for a peaceful resolution and would set a damaging standard for displacement and land confiscation, particularly given settlement-related activity in the area. We urge Israeli authorities to work with the residents of the village to finalize a plan for the village that addresses the residents’ humanitarian needs



RHR legal team sends urgent letter to Civil Department urging a halting of demolitions after receiving lists of structures slated for demolishment 

Now is the time to act: State informs Susya demolitions to occur between July 20 – August 3 – Here’s how you can help!

Legal Work

Save Susya: RHR sends urgent letter to state regarding imminent demolition threat

1 Comment 16 July 2015

Last night, on July 15, RHR’s legal team, who provides council to Susya,  received notice from the Israeli Civil Administration of which structures in the village have been slated for demolition before the village’s August 3rd court hearing. The list constitutes of approximately half the buildings of the village, including the living structures of some 95 people, half of whom are children. It also includes structures with which without, survival in the present location would be impossible. 

In an urgent letter responding to the notification, RHR lead advocate Quamar Mishriqi Asad outlines how the plan “constitutes unfair pressure on the residents of the village of Susiya to evacuate their lands and homes, contrary to morality and the law.” Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

Susya needs you now! Demolitions expected between July 20th and August 3

4 Comments 15 July 2015

The army came to Susya on Sunday, July 12th,  and announced that there will be demolitions after Id El-Fitr (July 20th) and before the August 3rd court hearing. NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT! Look below for what you can do. Continue Reading

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