Rabbi Arik Ascherman, the tzaddik behind Rabbis for Human Rights, is standing trial in Israel for defending Palestinian homes from being bulldozed.

Ascherman says that Israel’s demolition policy contravenes [biblical commandments favoring human rights] and he hopes to use his trial to put government actions in the public spotlight. “Not everything that is legal is just and that is the whole point of civil disobedience,” Ascherman says. “The demolition policy tramples on the torah, which is my duty as a rabbi to uphold.”

Over 400 rabbis have come out to support Ascherman including Phyllis Berman, Rachel Cowan, Arthur Green, Arthur Hertzberg, Michael Lerner, Marcia Prager, Jeff Roth, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Hanna tiferet Siegel, Michael Strassfeld, Arthur Waskow and Sheila Peltz Weinberg, who signed a formal letter to the Israeli government condemning Israel’s actions against Ascherman, and pledging to raise awareness of the issue among their friends and congregants.

If you feel strongly about the subject, and would like to express your support for Ascherman, please contact the Israeli embassy at 202.364.5500, ext. 4.