Posted by Rabbi Arik Ascherman. Categories: East Jerusalem, Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights, Settlements, West Bank
on Jan 2nd, 2013 | Comments Off
While Rabbis for Human Rights's annual report will be out shortly, and all updates are at http://www.rhr.org.il/eng, the secular New Year is time to reflect.
I recall Nasser Nawajeh from the threatened village of Susya saying, "When they expelled us in 1986 there was nothing we could do because we were alone. We're not alone any more." Neither Palestinians from Susya nor public housing tenants in Beit Shean were alone. There were rabbis at their side, upholding Torah.
In January, we planted trees. In February, the army committed not to move the Jahalin Bedouin before...
Posted by Rabbi Arik Ascherman. Categories: East Jerusalem, Gaza, Human Rights Education, Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights, Settlements, West Bank
on Dec 3rd, 2012 | Comments Off
Two pre-army academies toured south Tel Aviv, meeting with African refugees and Israelis. Social activist Tami Molad-Hayo met with another three academies.
RHR lawyers toured the Shilo Valley with the army, as part of efforts to return Palestinian farmers to their lands. We worked on a freedom of information request to obtain the decisions of Plia Albeck in the 1980s declaring private Palestinian land as State land. Settlers appealed three decisions we obtained to remove them from Palestinian lands. Our High Court appeal to return planning authority in Area C to Palestinians...
Posted by Rabbi Arik Ascherman. Categories: East Jerusalem, Human Rights Education, Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights, West Bank
on Nov 23rd, 2012 | Comments Off
With the 2012-2013 academic year well underway, Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) is busy providing a range of educational programs. RHR operates two human rights yeshivot, teaches courses in 13 pre-army academies using RHR's Talmudic style commentary on Israel's Declaration of Independence, and runs a "Sister Citizens for Equality" program for Jewish and Bedouin Israeli women to learn about and take on issues of women’s rights and human rights together.
This year, the students in all of RHR’s educational programs will participate in human rights tours about African asylum seekers, guest...
Posted by Rabbi Arik Ascherman. Categories: East Jerusalem, Events, Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights
on Mar 8th, 2012 | Comments Off
In recent weeks we have enjoyed some partial, but important, successes. They, along with the breastplate of the High Priest, have helped me reflect during this Purim season on the meaning of memory, obligation, and the very essence of our task in this world.
1. The Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) confirmed statements we have heard in recent weeks that they will not plant in areas in areas where there are legal disputes over land ownership. They did so in the context of Al-Arakib, where RHR, RHR-NA, The Jewish Alliance For Change, and other friends and partners have been calling on the KKL-JNF to return...
Posted by Joshua Bloom. Categories: East Jerusalem, Israel, United States
on Jan 6th, 2012 | Comments Off
As we begin 2012, it is worth reflecting back over the past year with gratitude to all of our supporters who helped Rabbis for Human Rights-North America demonstrate the power of faith in action.
2011 was the year that we brought the issues of slavery and human trafficking within our country to the fore; RHR-NA led a rabbinical delegation to Florida’s tomato fields to witness labor injustices firsthand and we have mobilize community to action. It was in 2011 that RHR-NA began its East Jerusalem campaign and was instrumental in getting the JNF to suspend the eviction of a Palestinian family from...