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As a Jewish and democratic state, Israel seeks to balance popular sovereignty, individual rights and religious identity amidst an often hostile international environment...

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Arik Ascherman

Rabbi Arik Ascherman is the Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR), an organization that gives voice to the Jewish religious tradition of human rights for Israelis, Palestinians, and foreign workers alike. In this role Ascherman has engaged in non-violent resistance against the demolition of Palestinian homes and olive groves and the erection of a wall separating Israeli and Palestinian areas. In 2009, he was the co-recipient of the Leibowitz Prize, awarded by the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din; under Ascherman's leadership RHR received the Niwano Peace Prize in 2006. The American-born Ascherman was ordained after study at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and is married to Einat Ramon, the first Israeli-born woman to be ordained as a rabbi.