Challenging Land Confiscation and Defending Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

Temple Beth Zion, 1566 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA

The Boston Workmen's Circle Middle East Working Group presents:

Challenging Land Confiscation and

Defending Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

A presentation by Rabbi Arik Ascherman of Rabbis for Human Rights



Founded in 1988, Rabbis for Human Rights is the only rabbinic voice in Israel that is explicitly dedicated to human rights. Representing over 100 Israeli rabbis and rabbinical students from different streams of Judaism, RHR's mission is to inform the Israeli public about human rights violations, and to pressure the State institutions to redress these injustices.  


Beginning in 1995 Rabbi Ascherman served as co-director of Rabbis For Human Rights, and as executive director from 1998-2010. He now serves as President and Senior Rabbi of Rabbis for Human Rights, and is responsible for external relations and special projects. Rabbi Ascherman has stood trial for acts of civil disobedience several times. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his human rights work, as has Rabbis for Human Rights.

FILE - Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights helps Palestinian farmers collect almonds from their farm in the arab village of Yanoun, during the annual Palestinian almond harvest  sponsored by international activists and Rabbis for Human Rights, August 24, 2006. Reuters

Rabbi Arik Ascherman helps Palestinian farmers collect almonds 

for their farm in the Arab village of Yanoun, August 24, 2006.


Rabbis for Human Rights is currently
focusing on four different areas:

  • Advancing economic justice in Israeli society

  • Promoting human rights education among Israeli students

  • Defending Israel’s unrecognized Bedouin villages of the Negev

  • Challenging land confiscation in the Occupied Territories