Rabbi returns to Davis to talk about Israel

By From page A3 | March 08, 2013

Rabbi Arik Ascherman, one-time director of Hillel at UC Davis and currently director of external relations of Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Congregation Bet Haverim, 1715 Anderson Road in Davis.

Rabbis for Human Rights describes itself as “the only rabbinic voice of conscience in Israel, defending human rights of marginalized communities within Israel and the Palestinian Territories.” Its stated mission is β€œto inform the Israeli public about human rights violations and … to pressure the state institutions to fix these injustices.”

Its members have received particular, worldwide attention for their attempts, often at the risk of their own safety, to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes by authorities and the interference by settlers with the olive harvest in the occupied territories.

Ascherman, who has been prominently involved in these activities, will speak on “The Sound of One Hand Clapping: Ibn Ezra, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, and the Challenge of Power in Israel.” His talk is free and open to the public.

Enterprise staff

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