THE STATE SEES A SUCCESS STORY IN THE DISASTER OF THE JAHALIN
For many years, Rabbis for Human Rights has worked in educational empowerment and human rights advocacy for the people of the Jahalin tribe in the Judean desert. Last summer, Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann of RHR along with Sisters Aziza and Agnes of the Comboni Order and a team of international and Israeli volunteers organized a summer camp for 100 children of the Jahalin village Abu Nawahr.
The children were amazing despite their suffering due to years of military rule, home demolitions, and the threat of expulsion from their homes and neighborhoods. Currently, total expulsion looms over the residents of the village, as pointed out by Haaretz journalist Amira Has Haaretz in the article below.
The Jahalin Palestinian residents are refugees from the area of Tel Arad from the early 50s. Afterwards, they settled in the area of the settlement of Maale Adumim. From there, they are once again threatened with expulsion for the third time in order to expand the building of a West Bank settlement.
The State of Israel must act with justice and consideration towards the needs of the Palestinian residents of Area C; such is the army's responsibility based on international law as well as basic Jewish morality. Despite this, the state ignores the needs of these Palestinian residents and abuses them again and again! The time has come that we will heed the call for justice made by the prophets of Israel through the generations!
In celebrating the holiday of freedom, we call on the Israeli authorities to stop these plans for explusion and demolition. Passover is the holiday of freedom - freedom for all.