The Jewish National Fund (JNF) was created in 1901 at the Fifth Zionist Congress in Switzerland. Its purpose has always been to acquire land in historic Palestine “for the purpose of settling Jews on such land.” Crucially, this land could never again be sold or leased to non-Jews.
Today, the JNF enjoys charitable status in over 50 countries worldwide, including Canada. While the JNF asserts itself as an environmental NGO, it operates as a quasi-governmental body in Israel.
Through planting trees and supporting agriculture, the JNF claims to be “redeeming the land” and “greening the desert”, but in fact, the JNF’s parks and forests are largely situated over depopulated and demolished Palestinian villages, and therefore, serve as a means of erasing the historical presence of Palestinians, and make it difficult for Palestinians to exercise their right to return to their lands as enshrined under international law.
Today, the JNF is complicit in Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories, supporting West Bank settlements and settlers in East Jerusalem. The JNF funds infrastructure for illegal settlements in the Jordan Valley—located deep in the West Bank, as well as in East Jerusalem and other parts of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. While these settlements expand with the aid of the JNF, more water and lands are being stolen from the Palestinians. In illegally-annexed East Jerusalem, the JNF, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Himnuta, has been evicting Palestinians from their homes and providing these properties to the settler organization, Elad.
The JNF Supports Israel’s Discriminatory Policies
The JNF also has a direct role in implementing Israel’s discriminatory policies against its Palestinian citizens, who make up 20% of Israel’s citizenry. 13% of the land in Israel is owned by the JNF. Under the JNF’s charter, it is prohibited from selling or leasing its lands to non-Jews.
Israel’s Attorney General ruled that the JNF practises institutional discrimination against Israel’s Palestinian citizens, and that this should no longer be permitted. Nonetheless, the practising of institutional discrimination persists. In the court case, the JNF’s response to a petition filed against it stated:
The JNF is not the trustee of the general public in Israel. Its loyalty is given to the Jewish people in the Diaspora and in the state of Israel… The JNF, in relation to being an owner of land, is not a public body that works for the benefit of all citizens of the state. The loyalty of the JNF is given to the Jewish people and only to them is the JNF obligated. The JNF, as the owner of the JNF land, does not have a duty to practice equality towards all citizens of the state. (JNF’s response from December 2004 to a petition filed by Adalah to the Supreme Court of Israel – HC 9205/04)
The U.S. State Department and the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights have also concluded that the JNF practises institutional discrimination against Israel’s Palestinian citizens.
Canadian Tax Dollars Fund Illegal JNF Activities
Because the JNF Canada has official Canada Revenue Agency charitable status, it provides tax receipts for donations, meaning that a significant proportion of their budget effectively comes from our taxes.
The JNF Canada raised $15 million after the 1967 war to build Canada Park (now referred to by the JNF as Ayalon – Canada Park), a 3200 hectares park between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, but within the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Shamefully, this “tribute to Canada and the Canadian Jewish community” was built over the ruins of three depopulated and demolished Palestinian villages – Imwas, Yalu and Deir Aiyub – as well as over lands belonging to the village of Beit Nuba. A 1986 UN Special Committee reported to the UN Secretary-General that the villagers were being denied their right of return to their land now occupied by this park built by the JNF Canada.
The park was established with donations from the City of Ottawa, ex-premier of Ontario Bill Davis, and other prominent sources. To this day, additions and beautifications to the park are subsidized by Canadian taxpayers through tax-deductible donations to the JNF Canada (p.40).
Numerous donors to the park demanded that their names be withdrawn from the plaques at the park’s entrance, upon learning that the park sits within occupied territory and over the ruins of depopulated and demolished Palestinian villages. Sadly, however, the large majority of current donors to the JNF Canada are unaware of these realities, since the JNF Canada refuses to make mention of the true history behind their project, and even reports in Charity Returns to the CRA that its donations are used inside Israel, when in fact, Canada Park lies unequivocally within the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
JNF is uprooting Bedouins to Plant trees
Palestinian Bedouin residents in the Naqab (Negev) are being forcibly relocated and refused access to their villages and lands under the highly controversial Begin-Prawer Plan law, which has been temporarily shelved, but which Israel continues to put into practice. The Bedouin village of Al-Araqib has been destroyed at least 70 times. It is one of 35 “unrecognized” Bedouin villages in Israel, and therefore receives no municipal services such as access to an electrical grid, water, paved roads, hospitals, schools or other basic services. The JNF, with support from the Christian Evangelical ‘God-TV’, has planted trees on land belonging to the villagers of Al-Araqib, and plan on using the land that the village is on for a ‘God-TV forest’. According to a coalition of Bedouin and Jewish human rights groups,
“The JNF, instead of promoting civic equality for all Israelis – the basis for trust and peaceful co-existence – is now supporting (and being supported by) an evangelical ministry that wishes to utilise Israel and the planting of trees to bring about the Second Coming of Christ.”
Also on the lands of Al-Araqib, the JNF has established ‘Ambassadors’ Forest’, where it has planted trees in honour of foreign ambassadors to Israel. South Africa’s former ambassador in Tel Aviv, Ismail Coovadia, found out that 18 trees were planted in his name after the current Israeli ambassador to Canada, Rafael Barak, presented him with a certificate. Coovadia, in a letter to Jewish-South Africans Mark Kaplan and Heidi Grunebaum, said that “I have supported the struggle against Apartheid South Africa and now I cannot be a proponent of what I have witnessed in Israel, and that is, a replication of Apartheid!”
It is through the Begin-Prawer Plan, a proposed law that aims to destroy 35 “unrecognized” Bedouin villages and confine between 40,000 and 70,000 Bedouin into confined urban townships against their will, that Al-Araqib is repeatedly destroyed. The JNF, through its project ‘Blueprint Negev’, is planting forests and has plans to establish Jewish-only settlements over the ruins of these Bedouin villages. The Begin-Prawer Plan has been condemned by the European Union, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, over 90 Canadian authors, and many others. The JNF’s ‘Blueprint Negev’ works hand in glove with the Begin-Prawer Plan. Despite the fact that the Begin-Prawer Plan has not passed into law, the JNF continues to trample Bedouin rights in the Naqab, aiding in the Israeli state’s goal of further dispossessing the Bedouins.
Take Action to Revoke the Jewish National Fund of Canada’s Charitable Status Now!
Independent Jewish Voices – Canada is a signatory to the ‘Call for Action‘ of the international campaign to Stop the JNF, called upon by Palestinian civil society. In response to this call, we have launched our own campaign in Canada to ‘Expose the JNF’, with the ultimate goal of having its charitable status revoked. As Canadian Jews and supporters of human rights, we are opposed to the JNF’s discriminatory policies of ethnic exlcusion, and its role in the historic and ongoing dispossession of Palestinians from their lands. It is truly scandalous that the JNF’s branch in Canada has charitable status, and is therefore subsidized by Canadian taxpayers.
- Sign our email petition to the Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, and party leaders Justin Trudeau, Rona Ambrose, Thomas Mulcair and Elizabeth May!
- Print off a copy of our petition to the Government of Canada and gather written signatures. You only need to gather signatures starting on the second and subsequent pages. Click on the link to downolad a copy: JNF Revocation Petition
- Download our informational pamphlet about the JNF, and use this to convince others to take action!: Expose the JNF informational pamphlet
- Encourage organizations that you’re affiliated with to endorse our ‘Expose the JNF’ statement, aimed to build support for a grassroots campaign to revoke JNF Canada’s charitable status: Statement of Endorsement for IJV’s ‘Expose the JNF’ campaign. Contact IJV at firstname.lastname@example.org if your organization would like to endorse our campaign.
- Sign and help us distribute postcards made with Stop the JNF, Canada that are addressed to the Minister of National Revenue, Kerry-Lynne Findlay, calling on her to initiate the revocation of JNF-Canada’s charitable status. To get copies in Toronto to sign and distribute contact email@example.com, or if elsewhere in Canada contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also print off postcards from this link.
IJV video exposes the JNF
Introducing the ‘New JNF’
The ‘New JNF’ – Which Side Are You On?
The Toronto Star received numerous letters from IJV members and supporters, who are appalled by the honouring of Stephen Harper by the Jewish National Fund of Canada. These letters were submitted in response to the article Bird interpretive centre in Israel to be named after Stephen Harper. The Star published the following two letters by IJV members:
The Star reported that the Jewish National Fund (JNF) “has helped the Jewish state acquire land, extend settlement, and rehabilitate the environment,” but it does not mention that the organization is very controversial, since it acquired much of this land from dispossessed Palestinians, has covered up demolished Palestinian villages with recreational parks and forests, and that it practices racial discrimination in the provision of land and housing by only leasing its land to Jews.
Most disturbing is JNF Canada’s project, Ayalon Canada Park, built over the ruins of two depopulated and destroyed Palestinian villages — Imwas and Yalu — as well as over the lands of the destroyed village of Beit Nuba.
Our politicians and banks should not be endorsing Palestinian dispossession. Independent Jewish Voices’ campaign to expose the JNF is a much-needed initiative for peace and justice.
Tyler Levitan, Campaigns Coordinator, Independent Jewish Voices—Canada, Ottawa
So now Mr. Harper is being honoured by the Jewish National Fund Canada. Not surprising. Mr. Harper is a prime supporter of JNF’s policies, which promote selling land to Jews only and which is a major actor in building parks and new towns (Jews only) to disguise the fact that these are areas from which Palestinians were evicted.
I write as a Jew. Criticizing Israeli policy when it is against basic human rights is not anti-Semitic. It is the right thing to do. Mr. Harper’s reasons seem to be his adherence to Christian millennialism, which believes when all Jews move to Israel, the rapture will occur and he and his fellow travellers will be wafted to heaven.
Fortunately for me, I’ll be barred from joining him.
Dorothy Field, Victoria B.C.
IJV Canada’s Campaigns Coordinator, Tyler Levitan, interviewed on Media Mornings about the racist JNF, and the Harper government’s protection of JNF-Canada from public scrutiny.
Skip to 43:25 to listen to the interview: http://w2radio.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/media-mornings-wed-jun-26/
Government stonewalling and possibly spying to shield controversial charity
| JUNE 19, 2013
Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) is disturbed that the Canadian government is spending public funds and resorting to unprecedented political tactics to protect the charitable status of the controversial Jewish National Fund (JNF) from public scrutiny. Foreign Affairs have gone so far as to promote the ‘monitoring’ of an IJV event criticizing the JNF. IJV is working towards exposing the discriminatory nature of the JNF, which is affecting one of the JNF’s charitable branches here in Canada.
JNF-Canada is a registered charity, despite the JNF being a quasi-governmental organization in Israel that discriminates against non-Jews in its land-holdings, and supports illegal Israeli settlers and settlement infrastructure in Palestinian territories.
According to documents recently released under Access to Information legislation, Foreign Affairs spokesperson Caitlin Workman called on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to “monitor” a 2011 IJV event in Ottawa. Under the headline “Event you may want to monitor,” Caitlin Workman sent a May 13 communication stating: “author of the Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy, Yves Engler, will give a talk on Canada and the Jewish National Fund.”
“It is highly unusual for our government to protect a foreign-based charity by seeking to undermine a Canadian organization’s campaign to challenge its charitable status,” stated IJV spokesperson, Tyler Levitan.
The CRA is fully aware that the JNF’s activities contravene Canadian public policy. Other documents uncovered as part of the Access to Information request reveal that the CRA produced a document called “Questions and Answers: 2010 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada Chapter 7 – Registered Charities”. In this document, they ask themselves: “If a registered charity undertakes illegal activities abroad, what action will the CRA take? Will the CRA investigate or revoke the registered status of the Jewish National Fund?” Unfortunately, the Auditor General has yet to ask the CRA this question, despite having knowledge of the JNF’s illegal activities abroad.
“Internal documents suggest Canada Revenue Agency employees have spent hundreds of hours following and crafting responses to complaints about the Jewish National Fund, rather than following their self-admitted claims of the JNF’s illegal activities abroad,” said IJV spokesperson Tyler Levitan. “This is a shocking and political misuse of the Canada Revenue Agency’s mandate by the Harper government.”
In what appears to be a quid pro quo, the JNF will be honouring Stephen Harper at its main fundraising Gala on December 1st in Toronto. “It is scandalous that the Harper government uses undemocratic tactics to defend an openly discriminatory organization, uses public money to shield the JNF’s behaviour from public scrutiny, and then has the chutzpah to collude with the JNF to glamorize the Prime Minister at its upcoming Gala. Coming on the heels of the Quebec corruption inquiry into political and mafia collusion, the Harper government’s intertwined relationship with the JNF does not pass the smell test,” concludes Levitan. IJV is calling on Canadians to demand accountability from the government for this blatant misuse of public funds and political interference. It is essential to our democracy that the CRA be allowed to act independently of the ideological demands of the Harper government and and to investigate the legality of the JNF’s charitable status.
George Costanza: Don’t Support the JNF.
“Do the Opposite!”
“Seinfeld” was my favourite TV sitcom and Jason Alexander’s character George Costanza was the funniest character on that show. That’s why I’m so troubled that Jason will be headlining the Jewish National Fund (JNF) fundraising gala in Winnipeg on June 4th. Tweet Jason now, urging him to “Do the Opposite.” Don’t do Twitter? Click here to send him a message.
Although Jason recently claimed in a statement that “Israel must make a real Palestine possible and real”, he is supporting the JNF, an organization that continues to colonize Palestinian lands. Himnuta, a subsidiary of the JNF, has been expropriating Palestinian land for the Elad settler organization since the early 1990s.. The JNF takes an active role in evacuating Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem, east of the Green Line. Tweet or email Jason to stop supporting illegal settlers
No joke: Israel’s Prawer Plan seeks to expel 40,000 Bedouin Israelis from their ancestral lands in the Negev. The JNF is complicit in this massive dispossession, with plans to build forests over the ruins of the razed Bedouin villages. The JNF markets their forests as “green”, so we need to inform their unsuspecting supporters that JNF forests bury evidence of Palestinian homes.
Why would Jason tweet that “The end (of the conflict) will come when each can understand the pain and suffering and needs of the other”, yet support an organization that perpetuates the pain of Palestinians for the supposed benefit of Jews? Maybe he doesn’t know? Inform Jason by Tweeting or emailing him to stop discriminating against Palestinian citizens of Israel.
Join Palestinians, Jews and Internationals in opposing the JNF’s assault on human rights. Jason needs to hear from you that supporting illegal settlers and treating Palestinians as second class citizens is unacceptable.
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Letter from Rabbi David Mivisair:
Help us to end Canadian tax-payers role in this injustice.
Independent Jewish Voices is committed to supporting the global campaign to end the JNF excluding and destroying the livelihoods of the non-Jewish citizens of Israel, and those living under Israeli occupation.
Join us in exposing JNF Canada.
News report by Lia Tarachansky, IJV member and the Israeli correspondent for the Real News Network.
Tarachansky is an Israeli-Canadian who grew up in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
December 26, 2011
Israeli Tree Campaign “Judaizes” Expropriated Land
Jewish National Fund’s practice of selling and leasing land exclusively to Jewish owners is met with growing opposition
Transcript available herehttp://forward.com/articles/2854/in-watershed-israel-deems-land-use-rules-of-zioni/
In Watershed, Israel Deems Land-use Rules of Zionist Icon ‘Discriminatory’
JNF Scored Over ‘Jews-only’ Sales
Published February 04, 2005, issue of February 04, 2005.In a landmark decision, Israel’s attorney general ruled last week that one of the fundamental tenets upon which the Jewish state was built — acquiring and reserving land for Jews to live on — is discriminatory and should not continue with state assistance.Attorney General Menachem Mazuz was responding to a Supreme Court case involving Jewish National Fund, an organization that helped build the Jewish state by purchasing land for Jewish settlement — largely with funds donated by Jews in America. Land owned by the fund is designated as public land and leased by the government to homeowners. In his January 26 ruling, Mazuz said that the government may no longer market the land if the fund allows only Jewish tenants.Among American Jews, Jewish National Fund is best known for its iconic blue tin collection boxes and for its trademark work planting trees in Israel. But the fund helped write Israeli history with its land purchases, which were crucial in determining the borders of the nascent state. Today, JNF owns 13% of Israel’s land, home to 70% of the population. Through a 1962 agreement with the government, it has leased that land to Jews through the government’s Israel Land Authority. The attorney general’s decision throws that historic role into flux.The chairman of JNF told the Forward that his organization is in talks to sever its official relationship with the state in order to preserve its mission of protecting the land for Jews.
“The state is obliged to treat all its citizens equally,” Chairman Yehiel Leket said, “but we are not the state.”
Beyond the consequences for JNF, the attorney general’s ruling could be pivotal in a larger debate over how to reconcile Israel’s status as a Jewish state with its commitment to equal rights for all its citizens. This is not the first case in which the government’s treatment of Israeli Arabs has been challenged, but legal experts say this case could be a breakthrough for advocates of Israeli Arab rights, who have long complained of unequal government treatment.
“You’ll see a progression of cases now, trying to challenge those pockets of discrimination that now have a basis in law,” said Hebrew University law professor David Kretzmer, author of the “The Legal Status of Arabs in Israel.” “One by one they will come up, and we will have to work out a new kind of social contract.”
Aside from debates over land rights, citizenship rights are the other main arena in which Israel’s treatment of its Arab citizens faces challenges. The Supreme Court is currently reviewing a challenge to a recent Israeli law that bars non-Jewish spouses of Israeli citizens from coming to live in Israel under family reunification policy.
Many defenders of the traditional vision of Zionism, including Leket, fear that extending identical land and citizenship rights to Arabs could weaken Israel’s Jewish majority and threaten its Jewish character.
Leket appears to have public opinion on his side. In a poll commissioned by JNF last month, 70% of respondents moderately or strongly objected to JNF land being offered to Arab Israelis.
The issue of land rights in Israel heated up recently when the Bush administration protested a plan, disclosed two weeks ago, to confiscate lands in East Jerusalem that are owned by Palestinians living in the West Bank. The plan, drafted last June by a two-man Cabinet committee on Jerusalem, including ministers Natan Sharansky and Zevulun Orlev, treats Jerusalem property owned by West Bank Palestinians as “absentee property” under 1948 rules aimed at Arab refugees. Mazuz ruled Monday that the absentee rules could not apply to individuals separated from their land by a “unilateral” Israeli government action.
The absentee dispute does not involve Israeli citizens, however, so it has fewer implications for the Israeli legal landscape than the JNF case. The complaint against JNF stems from April 2004, when six Israeli Arab families won Lands Authority bids for plots in the Galilee town of Carmiel. Later, after learning that the plots were owned by JNF, the authority froze the deal, citing fund rules.
Leaders of American groups that supported the Arab families’ legal appeal acknowledged that there were sound historical reasons for JNF restrictions. “In 1948 and before, a few hundred thousand Jews were pitching their tents in a hostile Middle East,” said Ami Nahshon, president of the New York-based Abraham Fund Initiatives.
But he said historical circumstances have changed, and so should JNF. “History doesn’t stand still,” Nahshon said, “and the need for Israel to work out the sharing of the land with Arab Israelis is all part of the process of maturing.”
For now, the attorney general is permitting the Lands Authority to go on marketing JNF land as long as it swaps parcels of land with the fund when an Israeli Arab wins a bid, ensuring JNF control of a consistent percentage of Israel’s land. The compromise is opposed by Arab-rights groups that brought the case.
Leket said that in order to maintain its mission, the fund has initiated talks to cut ties with the government and to begin marketing its own land.
Israel, unlike America, has no clear laws limiting private landowners’ discretion in how they market their land. But experts said a privatized Jewish National Fund would likely still face legal challenges, in part because of the intricate web that connects JNF to the state. One key link is the 1960 Basic Law that defines all JNF land as “Israel lands” along with the 80% of the country’s land owned by the government.
Because of these links, said Supreme Court justice Itzhak Zamir, a former Israeli attorney general, privatization is “not very realistic.”
Even if official ties are severed, further problems could be created by the source of some JNF land. Some 60% of the fund’s 550,000 acres was purchased from the government in a special deal soon after the 1948 War of Independence. Arab-rights advocates say this should preclude JNF from marketing this land only to Jews.
“It can’t be regarded as private land, where the Jewish National Fund will be given a free hand to do whatever it pleases,” said Dan Yakir, chief legal counsel for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, one of groups that brought the case.
Leket, however, said the fund had fairly bought the land it owns, with donations from Jews round the world — donations that were “designated for the purchase of land to be owned by the Jewish people and held in trust by the Jewish National Fund.” He said he would not allow that historic covenant to be broken.
“We are still fighting for our future existence as a Jewish state,” Leket said. “In order to strengthen the Jewish state it’s justified to have a Jewish organization strengthening our presence here.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron drops Israel ‘racist’ charity
27 May 2011
Stop the JNF Campaign: Media Release
Prime Minister David Cameron has quietly terminated his status as an Honorary Patron of the controversial Jewish National Fund (JNF). His office confirmed he had “stepped down”. For many years leaders of all three main political parties became Honorary Patrons of the JNF by convention. According to Dick Pitt, a spokesperson for the Stop the JNF Campaign, “Cameron was the only leader of the three major parties remaining as a JNF Patron. This decline in political support for the JNF at the highest levels of the political tree may be a sign of the increasing awareness in official quarters that a robust defence of the activities of the JNF may not be sustainable.”
The news of Cameron’s move has reached Palestinians in refugee camps, people whose land is under the control of the JNF. Salah Ajarma in Bethlehem’s Aida Refugee Camp was “delighted to hear the news that the British Prime Minister has decided to withdraw his support for this sinister organisation involved in ethnic cleansing. My village, Ajjur, was taken by force from my family and given to the JNF who used money from JNF UK to plant the British Park on its ruins. For the Palestinians who were evicted from their villages and have been prevented from returning, Cameron’s withdrawal is another victory on the road to achieving justice and freedom for the Palestinians”.
The JNF chairman Samuel Hayek defends the work of the organisation saying, “for over 100 years we have had one mission: to settle and develop the Land of Israel” as pioneers of the “historic Zionist dream”. The registered charity claims their work, especially in the Negev region of Israel, deals with “the rising demographic challenges faced by Israel”. In recent months the JNF’s activities in the Negev have received extensive international media coverage, linking them to the demolition of Palestinian Bedouin villages and confiscation of the land of the village. Campaigners report that “even Israeli courts have criticised the JNF as an organisation that discriminates against non-Jews and there is mounting evidence of the JNF’s involvement in Israel’s programme to change the ethnic composition of areas inside 1948 Israel as well as in Jerusalem and the Occupied Territories. It is not acceptable that such an organisation is allowed to operate in the UK, much less to enjoy charity status”.
Michael Kalmanovitz, UK co-ordinator of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, said “Cameron’s patronage of the JNF lent parliamentary credibility to a criminal organisation backed by a highly-equipped occupying army and masquerading as a ‘humanitarian charity’. Now parliamentarians who are ‘Friends of Israel’ must consider how much longer they can defend Israeli apartheid and worse.”
Pressure has been mounting on Cameron and the JNF. An Early Day Motion in the Westminster Parliament highlighted the Prime Minister’s status as honorary patron and claimed that “there is just cause to consider revocation of the JNF’s charitable status in the UK”. UK and international JNF fund-raising events increasingly face protests due, campaigners argue, to “a shift in public opinion on Israel generally”. In 2007, the American JNF application for consultative status on a key UN committee was rejected because delegates were unable to distinguish between the activities of the US Branch and those of the JNF in Israel whose activities the UN’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination expressed concerns about.
The Stop the JNF Campaign has workshops planned in London on 4 June 2011 and protests against JNF fundraising activities will be organised throughout the coming year.
Notes for editors:
1. The Stop the JNF Campaign is an international campaign aimed at ending the role of the Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemet LeIsrael) (JNF-KKL) in:
1. the on-going displacement of indigenous Palestinians from their land
2. the theft of their property
3. the funding of historic and present day colonies, and
4. the destruction of the natural environment.
The JNF continues to serve as a global fundraiser for Israeli ethnic cleansing, occupation and apartheid. Despite its role in a State institution of Israel (the Israel Land Authority) and in institutionalized racism and apartheid, the JNF and its affiliate organizations enjoy charitable status in over 50 countries.
2. Email from Prime Minister’s Press Office, Thu, 26 May 2011
Following the formation of the Coalition Government last year, a review
was undertaken of all the organisations and charities the Prime Minister
was associated with. As a result of this review, the Prime Minister
stepped down from a number of charities – this included the JNF. A full
list of all the charities and organisations the Prime Minister and Mrs
Cameron are associated with is published on the Cabinet Office website.
Prime Minister’s Press Office
10 Downing Street
020 7930 4433
3. ‘Cameron Becomes New JNF Patron’, TotallyJewish.com, 2nd February 2006
4. Extract from ‘The British Park’ by Uri Davis, JNF e-book volume 1, p21
“The JNF-UK, as in other countries in Europe and the Americas, is a registered charity. The planting of the British Park over the lands of destroyed Palestinian villages, including Ajjur and Zakariyya, can in no way be described as ‘charitable’. Rather it ought to be classified as an act and as a policy of complicity with war crimes. The British Park and the recreational facility developed in the shade of its forest trees serve to veil from critical public view war crimes perpetrated by the Israeli army in the course of, and in the wake of, the 1948 war. This policy of
complicity with war crimes has been maintained by subsequent Israeli Governments, underpinned by Acts of Parliament such as the Jewish National Fund Law of 1950 and the Covenant signed between the JNF and the state of Israel in 1961.”
5. Samuel Hayek in ‘Supporting Israel for Life’, JNF Charitable Trust, Annual Report & Accounts 2009
6. The JNF in the Negev (Naqab)
‘Shattering Israel’s image of ‘democracy’’, The Guardian, 3 December 2009
‘Cameron-backed charity accused of discriminating against non-Jews’, 10 June 2010
‘The Israelis keep bulldozing their village, but still the Bedouin will not give up their land’, The Guardian, 1 March 2011
‘Stop creating forests that are destroying Bedouin lives’, Amnesty International, 11 April 2011
7. The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
8. Early day motion 1677, JEWISH NATIONAL FUND, Session: 2010-11
“That this House welcomes the Stop the Jewish National Fund (JNF) Campaign launched on 30 March 2011 by the Palestinian Boycott National Committee, the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and others to inform the public about the JNF – Karen Kayemet L’Yisrael, its ongoing illegal expropriation of Palestinian land, concealing of destroyed Palestinian villages beneath parks and forests, and prevention of refugees from returning to their homes; notes that the JNF’s constitution is explicitly discriminatory by stating that land and property will never be rented, leased or sold to non-Jews; further notes that the UN rejected the JNF USA’s application for consultative status with the Economic and Social Council on the ground that it violates the principles of the UN Charter on Human Rights; regrets that the Prime Ministeris a JNF honorary patron; and believes that there is just cause to consider revocation of the JNF’s charitable status in the UK.”
9. UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) rejects JNF (US) application for consultative status (2007)
– Economic and Social Council, ECOSOC/6267 NGO/618, http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2007/ecosoc6267.doc.htm
– Badil resources centre for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights: http://www.badil.org/en/article74/item/429-the-jewish-national-fund-jnf
– CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES UNDER ARTICLE 9 OF THE CONVENTION, Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (para19),http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/041AB84D2F05080C85257302004A9963