Rabbis for Human Rights was founded in 1988 and today has over 100 members – all Israelis and all ordained as a mixture of Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Renewal rabbis, as well as some rabbinical students. It sees itself as serving as the rabbinic voice of conscience in Israel, defending human rights of marginalised communities within Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Their work expresses the view that as Jews, they are obligated to protest against every injustice enacted against any other person. They derive their authority for this from two main sources: from the humanistic Jewish tradition and from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In parallel to their efforts to prevent violations of human rights, Rabbis for Human Rights brings a humanistic understanding of Jewish sources to the Israeli public discourse.
9 May 2013
The Knesset Ministerial Committee on Legislation approved a bill on 6 May, which outlines the framework of the government’s plan to regulate Bedouin land settlement