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: Gaza, Israel, West Bank
on Jul 13th, 2011 | Comments Off
Reposted from Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel
This week’s Torah potion is very challenging. God rewards Pinkhas for, at the end of last week’s portion, literally heeding Moses’ call to kill those who are engaged in idolatry. Moses’ call is based on a command from God. Pinkhas’ act stays God’s anger, but not idolatry. In the Haftarah, Eliyahu (in the midrash, Pinkhas and Eliyahu are said to be one and the same person) is taught by God that his dramatic slaying of the priests of Ba’al is not the answer. The physical and violent struggle with idolatry will continue, but...
Posted by Rabbi Joseph Wolf. Categories: Gaza, Israel
on Jul 7th, 2011 | 1 comment
Another flotilla bound for Gaza? Stranger than fiction, or maybe not. The novelist Alice Walker is one of the producers of a spectacle that makes my own Jewish community feverish. Gaza has become like a trap, and it’s the spinner of a good tale who stands to spring us from our indolence about the pain it causes. She will loosen the sutures of our arguments about warding off missiles and terrorists who, indeed, want us annihilated. We’re scared, but on the other hand, twenty years ago peaceniks did the polling. It revealed that Palestinians who lived in that tiny enclave were not...
Posted by admin. Categories: Gaza, Israel
on Jul 1st, 2011 | Comments Off
Rabbis for Human Rights-North America calls for the immediate release of Gilad Shalit, who has been held prisoner in Gaza for five years today, according to the Jewish calendar.
Since his abduction by Hamas, Shalit, now 24, has been denied access to the Red Cross, and has not been allowed to communicate with his family. This situation violates the Geneva Conventions, as well as basic standards of humanity.
Both Jewish and international human rights law insist on the essential dignity of every human being. The very first chapter of the Torah describes the human being as a creation in the image of God....
Posted by James McDonald. Categories: Gaza, Israel
on Jun 27th, 2011 | 1 comment
Reposted from Rabbis for Human Rights-Israel.
Staff Sergeant Gilad Shalit has been in captivity for five years. Those holding him have refused to allow him to communicate with his family, nor have they provided information on his well-being and the conditions in which he is being held. Organizations B’Tselem, Amnesty International & the Israel Section, Bimkom: Planners for Planning Rights, Gisha, Human Rights Watch, International Federation for Human Rights, Palestine Center for Human Rights, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Rabbis for...