The world is sustained by justice, truth and peace דין אמת ושלום. As Jewish leaders who love and care deeply for Israel, we believe that a just and secure future for Israelis and Palestinians will best be achieved by a negotiated resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that results in both peoples living peacefully side by side, each within their own sovereign states. As a human rights organization, we deplore the egregious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law that continue to occur in the occupied territories. We advocate for the Israeli government to stop settlement expansion immediately and to work towards ending the occupation for the benefit of Israelis and Palestinians alike. We condemn the use of violence to achieve political ends by any of the parties involved and advocate for all to work for a peaceful solution to the conflict.
T'ruah does not support or participate in the Global BDS movement, we do support rabbinic voices speaking out on all of the following issues:
T'ruah asks the Jewish National Fund to be transparent about where and how it spends its money--in particular, what is spent over the Green Line--so that donors can make informed decisions.
Ending Support for Jewish Terror
In August of 2015, T'ruah filed a request to the Attorney General of New York State to investigate the American fundraising arm of Honenu and its fiscal sponsor the Central Fund of Israel materially supporting Jewish terrorists. Honenu declares its primary purpose as legal defense for Israeli Jews accused of terrorist activities. If this were Honenu's only activity, we would have no complaint. Everyone deserves a fair trial with a lawyer. But Honenu also admits to making cash payments to Israelis convicted of terrorist acts and to their families. As Rabbi Jill Jacobs said, “Just as we would be furious to learn of tax-exempt money going to Hamas or ISIS, we must not allow U.S. taxpayers to subsidize money that is given strings-free to members of our own people who are accused or convicted of terror.” As rabbis and American Jews, we insist that our charitable and tax dollars be used responsibly.
Bedouin Rights Campaign
T'ruah works to end the demolition of unrecognized Bedouin villages in Israel's Negev region and to promote the provision of government infrastructure and services to Bedouin communities in Israel.
African Asylum Seekers in Israel
The painful issue of African asylum-seekers in Israel has taken on a new urgency as men, women, and children are incarcerated; as Israel has begun deporting refugees to unstable regions; as politicians continue to introduce xenophobic legislation; and as rhetoric has given way to violence in Israeli communities.
Rabbinical/Cantorial Student Human Rights Program
Rabbinical and cantorial students studying in Israel have the opportunity to join T'ruah for an in-depth look at human rights issues in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Approximately once a month, field seminars take students out of the classroom to meet with the people directly affected by human rights abuses and the Israeli activists who are working as their allies.
Center for Jewish Nonviolence
T'ruah is a co-sponsor of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence. Learn more.
Select Resources about Jerusalem and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
This collection of divrei Torah, liturgy, text study materials, and op-eds represents some of T'ruah's most useful and most recent resources on occupation-related issues.