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Legal Work

Save Susya: All donations up to 10,000 pounds to be doubled!

1 Comment 17 August 2015

A generous donor has offered to match all financial support up to 10,000 British Sterling ($15,620) to fund RHR’s efforts to save the Palestinian cave community of Susya! This means, any donation made in the name of Susya will be doubled! Click here to donate online. Please read on for an appeal from Rabbi Ascherman on why our work with Susya is far from over.
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General, Legal Work

Susya update: High Court hearing postponed

1 Comment 30 July 2015

There is a postponement of the High Court hearing scheduled for August 3rd  on the appeal of the  residents of Susya, represented by RHR,  against the rejection of the master building plan submitted to the  Civil Administration planning committee.

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Field Reports, Legal Work, Occupied Territories

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

No Comments 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

CA Senator Dianne Feinstein gives her support to Susya

No Comments 29 July 2015

California Senator Dianne Feinstein has sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urging him to halt the demolitions of Susya, and stating the Israeli Civil Administration should re-examine its rejection of Susya’s master plan, which would authorise building on their land.  Please find the letter below. Continue Reading

Legal Work, Occupied Territories

40 British rabbis sign letter to Israeli ambassador in support of Susya

No Comments 28 July 2015

Over 40 British rabbis signed a letter addressed to Daniel Taub, Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, requesting a halt to the impending demolitions in Susya.

Special thanks to Sylvia Rothschild of British Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights for coordinating the letter. Please find the text of the letter below or on the British Friends of Rabbis for Human Rights website. 

"Ambassador Daniel Taub" by Public1london - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

“Ambassador Daniel Taub” by Public1london – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ambassador_Daniel_Taub.jpg#/media/File:Ambassador_Daniel_Taub.jpg

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Justice in Israel-Negev Bedouin, Occupied Territories, Parasha / E-Letter

Between destruction and hope: Rabbi Ascherman’s 5775 Tisha b’Av journey

No Comments 27 July 2015

Tisha b’Av is a fast day in Judaism commemorating many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people – most notably the loss of the First and Second Temples. It is a tragic day and one spent in mourning by Jews throughout the world.

This Tisha b’Av Rabbi Ascherman, president and senior rabbi of RHR, choose to mourn  amidst the threatened demolitions of both Susya and the Israeli-Bedouin village of Umm al Hiran,  the ruins of the village Atir, and the on-going destruction of Al Arakib. Following is a short narrative of his journey followed by photos.  To read about why Rabbi Ascherman choose to commemorate this important Jewish holiday in this way, please read here. 

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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


Why I will be in Susya on Tisha b’Av: Tisha b’Av thoughts by Rabbi Arik Ascherman

3 Comments 23 July 2015



Rabbi Arik Ascherman

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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, Press Releases

EU council calls to enable accelerated Palestinian development in Area C

No Comments 22 July 2015

EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting on July 20 2015  included support for Palestinian village of Susya.


Under the title “Council Conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process” the EU Foreign Affairs Council published a statement with the following in clause 5:

” The EU [...] calls on Israel to enable accelerated Palestinian construction, as well as social and economic development in Area C. Such actions will serve to strengthen the prosperity and security of both Israelis and Palestinians. It further calls on Israeli authorities to halt plans for forced transfer of population and demolition of Palestinian housing and infrastructure in the Susya and Abu Nwar communities.”

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