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: Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights
on Dec 14th, 2012 | Comments Off
Some may take a look at Rabbis for Human Rights' work in Beit Shean, Hadera, or even in the Palestinian olive groves, and ask whether the work we do is really human rights, or social work. However, RHR's major policy victories such as the game changing 2006 High Court victory ensuring Palestinian agricultural access, or the defeat of the Israeli Wisconsin Plan in 2010, came about because years of grassroots work prepared our hearts and minds to for the Knesset, the press and the High Court.
The public housing work RHR began in Beit Shean and in the tent encampments led to the Public Housing...
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: Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights, West Bank
on Nov 5th, 2012 | Comments Off
Under the threat of an upcoming High Court discussion, the Civil Administration finally issued an order forbidding Israelis to enter 25 acres of land belonging to Fawzi Ibrahim from Jalud. Tzvi Struk and other settlers had violently taken over Fawzi's land next to the Aish Kodesh and Akhia outposts in 2011, actually planting a vineyard on part of his land. Until Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) intervened, the army did nothing, and sometimes even helped the settlers expel Fawzi from his land. After RHR appealed to the High Court, the army acknowledged that the land had been illegally taken...