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JfJfP comments


2016:

06 May: Tair Kaminer starts her fifth spell in gaol. Send messages of support via Reuven Kaminer

04 May: Against the resort to denigration of Israel’s critics

2015:

23 Dec: JfJfP policy statement on BDS

14 Nov: Letter to the Guardian about the Board of Deputies

11 Nov: UK ban on visiting Palestinian mental health workers

20 Oct: letter in the Guardian

13 Sep: Rosh Hashanah greetings

21 Aug: JfJfP on Jeremy Corbyn

29 July: Letter to Evening Standard about its shoddy reporting

24 April: Letter to FIFA about Israeli football

15 April: Letter re Ed Miliband and Israel

11 Jan: Letter to the Guardian in response to Jonathan Freedland on Charlie Hebdo

2014:

15 Dec: Chanukah: Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power

1 Dec: Executive statement on bill to make Israel the nation state of the Jewish people

25 Nov: Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism

7 Sept: JfJfP Executive statement on Antisemitism

3 Aug: Urgent disclaimer

19 June Statement on the three kidnapped teenagers

25 April: Exec statement on Yarmouk

28 Mar: EJJP letter in support of Dutch pension fund PGGM's decision to divest from Israeli banks

24 Jan: Support for Riba resolution

16 Jan: EJJP lobbies EU in support of the EU Commission Guidelines, Aug 2013–Jan 2014

2013:

29 November: JfJfP, with many others, signs a "UK must protest at Bedouin expulsion" letter

November: Press release, letter to the Times and advert in the Independent on the Prawer Plan

September: Briefing note and leaflet on the Prawer Plan

September: JfJfP/EJJP on the EU guidelines with regard to Israel

14th June: JfJfP joins other organisations in protest to BBC

2nd June: A light unto nations? - a leaflet for distribution at the "Closer to Israel" rally in London

24 Jan: Letter re the 1923 San Remo convention

18 Jan: In Support of Bab al-Shams

17 Jan: Letter to Camden New Journal about Veolia

11 Jan: JfJfP supports public letter to President Obama

Comments in 2012 and 2011

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Posts

How the JNF goes about getting land

The Jewish National Fund, est. 1901 to ‘reclaim’ land in Palestine for Jewish immigrants is a non-profit company. As a large landholder it in fact acts as an arm of the Israeli state funded by overseas Jews. Here, Peace Now is highly critical of its methods of acquiring land. Peace Now

US Jewish charity ploughs money into settlements

The JNF – Jewish National Fund – has been the primary channel for diaspora Jews to give money to creating Israel and then ‘greening’ it (it boasts of being ‘a global environmental leader’). Do those who donate know how much of their money goes into settlements – against government policy? A Haaretz investigation.

This ‘incredibly cruel and unjust machinery’ forced on Hebron

Novelist Michael Chabon grew up in a conventional Jewish-American way, dropping money in the JNF box, working on a kibbutz. Then came the Sabra & Shatila massacre and he began to ask questions. A visit to Israel answered them.

Depending on American philanthropy

From the start, Israel has depended on foreign funding especially from the US. Then, the money was given to Zionist bodies who were active in denying knowledge of the native Palestinians. That is now changing as young American Jews do not want to fund anything which perpetuates the conflict. Two openDemocracy articles.

Israel’s golden goose – the Jewish Diaspora

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From the pockets and bank accounts of Jews not living in Israel comes a river of money that has kept alive Jewish bodies well beyond their best-by date. The WZO, Jewish Agency and Jewish National Fund are among bodies set up for the purpose of creating a Jewish homeland which now give public roles in Israel to their executives which they otherwise would not have. Well-researched report from Anshel Pfeffer.

Follow the money – foreign donors to Palestine – and Israel

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Billions of dollars are sent to Israel every year by Jewish philanthropists which equals a lot of trees in the Negev (and displacement of Bedouin). Younger Jews are more inclined to send money to NGOs which promote a 2-state solution. Few give money to the underlying issue of Palestinian rights. Three articles from an Open Democracy discussion on funding.

How the Bedouin obstruct Israel’s ‘no Arabs’ goal

The Prawer/Begin plan to drive the Bedouin out of ‘unrecognised’ villages into permitted centres is a poor reward for these Israeli citizens. Bedouin, like the Druze, were regarded as loyal to the new state (at least, those staying in Palestine had no loyalty to any other state). No wonder treating them as subject to separate laws causes such disquiet even among loyal supporters of Israel.

Attack on JNF’s theft of names and land

Here’s a peculiar thing about the JNF (Jewish National Fund). It always claims to be acting in the interests of the environment, or in honour of various Others, from Herzl to countries to individual ambassadors. Having gained its funds from thousands of humble Jewish homes it can thus bestow on its grandiose schemes and land seizures the simple idealistic hopes of many ordinary people. Two articles of protest.

Trees in, Palestinians out

As in many Jewish households, Robert Cohen’s gave money to the Jewish National Fund, inspired by the idea of creating forests in the barren desert. As in many Jewish households he later realised that where the trees were planted, Palestinian villages were forcibly deserted. He finds the rich Biblical imagery of trees as a phenomenon of nature to be in stark contrast to the Israeli practice of forced environmental change.

Bedouin village destroyed again to make way for trees

In pursuit of its once-proud dream of making the desert bloom the JNF (Jewish National Fund) has started forestation work in southern Israel. In the way of the dream is reality: there are villages in many places in the desert, the traditional homes of the Beduoin. The village al-Arakib has just been destroyed yet again. Support for Bedouin rights is a primary campaign of JfJfP. +972 and Meretz USA.

Board member leaves JNF over its ‘evict and Judaize’ programme

A young Seth Morrison was so impressed by the, to him, heroic role of the Jewish National Fund that he raised money for it and later joined its board in Washington. When he realised it had a policy of evicting Palestinians from their Jerusalem homes and handing them to settlers for ‘Judaization’ , he severed all links with JNF

Early Day Motion on the JNF

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That this House welcomes the Stop the Jewish National Fund Campaign launched on 30 March 2011. The JNF is a UK registered charity whose patrons include high profile figures such as Prime Minister David Cameron. Palestinian civil society
organisations say that from its establishment “the JNF has been a chief
partner in the Zionist colonial drive to dispossess indigenous Palestinians
of their land…”

Israel’s war on its Bedouin citizens

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“Since 27 July, the village has been demolished at least 18 times, most recently last Thursday. Each time the bulldozers and soldiers come at dawn to tear down the makeshift structures that have replaced the 40 concrete buildings that used to house the villagers, the men of al-Arakib rebuild them. Each time their footprint gets a little smaller.”
Harriet Sherwood reports.

The war against the Bedouin

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Amit Ramon tells the story of the demolition of Al Arakib, for the 9th time now, while Yehudit Keshet reponds to the smooth-talking propaganda of the Friends of the Arava Institute for the Environment which, in partnership with the JNF/KKL is “developing” the Negev, “preparing future Arab and Jewish leaders to cooperatively solve the region’s environmental challenges”, while totally ignoring the fate of Al Arakib.

Petition against JNF expulsion of the Bedouin in the Negev

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An Open Letter to the JNF has been signed by a big tent of 36 ideologically diverse Israeli and American Jewish organizations – 28 NGOs, human rights organizations and social movements from the Negev and Israel and 8 American Jewish organizations – protesting about the JNF’s role in the “development” of the Negev which is synonymous with massive dispossession of Arab Bedouin from their lands.
There is also a petition to the JNF which we urge all to sign…

Oren Yiftachel writes about the horrific demolitions at Araqib

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Oren Yiftachel is a researcher and human rights activist. He teaches political geography and urban planning at Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba. He writes: “Even veterans of human rights struggles cannot recall such a horror show as took place in the Negev Desert, 10km north of Beersheba, last Tuesday…It was a violent showcase operation designed to display force and sow fear…

The dispossession of the Bedouin in the Negev

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‘Tarabut’ seeks to bring together the dispossessed and the oppressed in Israel through involvement in social struggles. This article exposes the role of the state, the army and the JNF in the dispossession of the Bedouin in the Negev since the 1950, a process which is intensifying today…

JNews – news and background paper on the JNF

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Recent actions by the Jewish National Fund-UK have raised questions about its links with Prime Minister David Cameron and other leading political figures. JNews reports and provides background information on the JNF…

The Jewish National Fund – a study

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The Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights is pleased to announce the publication of the Winter-Spring 2010 issue of al-Majdal (issue #43), titled “The Jewish National Fund: A Para-State Institution in the Service of Colonialism and Apartheid”…

The political fading of the Green Line

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“But it is not just in the West Bank colonies that the Israeli authorities work with ideologically motivated para-state agencies to ‘protect’ and ‘redeem’ the land. The phenomenon is as familiar in the Naqab (Negev). Demolitions, housing shortages, and politically driven Jewish settlement of the kind faced by Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank are also everyday challenges confronting Palestinian citizens of Israel…”