Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR)
|In their own words||The only rabbinic voice of conscience in Israel” and to serve as “a shofar for the distribution of information about human rights in Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”|
- In 2015, total income was NIS 6 million; total expenses were NIS 6.1 million.
- According to its website, donors include: AECID (Spain), European Commission, Misereor (Germany), Trocaire (Ireland), Norwegian Church (Norway), Kerk in Actie (Netherlands), Church of Sweden, Foundation for Middle East Peace (US), New Israel Fund, Social Justice Fund, Moriah Fund, and others. (See here for Rabbis for Human Rights funding chart).
- Based on financial information submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Non-Profits, in accordance with the Israeli NGO transparency law, Rabbis for Human Rights received NIS 2,892,666 from foreign governmental bodies between the years 2012-2016 (see chart below for detailed funding information).
- According to annual reports, donations from foreign countries comprised 47.6 percent of total donations, from 2012 to 2014.
- In 2014, received a project grant of $70,000 from the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (joint government funding from Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and the Netherlands).
- In 2008-2016, the New Israel Fund (NIF) authorized grants worth $1,610,429 to Rabbis for Human Rights (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).
- Maintains that it is “not aligned with any specific political party.”
- Members “are Israeli citizens who are rabbis in national leadership positions, as well as educators and congregational rabbis capable of influencing change from the grass roots.”
- RHR is one of the most politically active NGOs relating to the Bedouin in the Negev.
- Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) is part of an ongoing campaign against the “crime” of evacuating Umm Al-Hiran, a Bedouin village that was the scene of violence to prevent demolitions approved by the Israeli High Court of Justice.
- Produced a 2013 film, “Fiddler with no Roof,” comparing Israel’s plan to resettle unrecognized Bedouin villages in the Negev to the expulsion of the Jews during the antisemitic Tsarist regime.
- In 2010 accused Israel of “foul and discriminatory policies against Palestinians” and “forcing Palestinians to live in a completely separate universe where time has stood still, and prevents them from properly planning their most basic needs and infrastructure.”
- In response to the 2009 Gaza war, RHR launched a website, together with Adalah, ACRI, B’Tselem, Bimkom, Gisha, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Yesh Din, and others, that collected low-level soldier testimonies accusing Israel of war crimes and violating international law.
- Following the March 2011 Itamar massacre, RHR condemned the murders saying, “They were of course a violation of the most basic human right, the right to life,” but quickly went on to demand that the defense office fulfill its “obligation to protect Palestinians.” The Hebrew website contained a one sentence condemnation followed by four paragraphs detailing the need to defend Palestinians from “settler attacks.”
- Published a 2010 position paper, together with Adalah, Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Bimkom, B’Tselem, Gisha, Public Committee Against Torture in Israel and Yesh Din, opposing Knesset legislation on transparency in foreign governmental funding to NGOs saying the “Israeli government has sought to undermine the legitimacy of human rights groups” and seeks to impede the democratic process.
- Politically active in Sheikh Jarakh demonstrations, campaigns designed to “Say No to Settler Harassment,” and petitioning against alleged “expulsion and demolitions.”
Donations from Foreign Funding Sources (in NIS)
*Information from 2012-2014 based on annual reports, 2015 from quarterly reports
|Church of Sweden||78,828||76,452||76,965
|NGO Development Center||217,733||240,703
|Kirk in Actie (Netherlands)||119,295||118,173||122,433
|Church of Scotland||9,407||97,768
|Rosa Luxemberg Stiftung||3,173
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