Early Day Motion on the JNF

April 4, 2011
Richard Kuper
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stoptheJNFFor additional background material see the Stop the JNF Campaign: Media Release below.

Contact your MP to support this Early Day Motion in Parliament

Early day motion 1677 – JEWISH NATIONAL FUND
* Session: 2010-11
* Date tabled: 30.03.2011
* Primary sponsor: Corbyn, Jeremy
* Sponsors: Kaufman, Gerald

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 Minister is a JNF honorary patron; and believes that there is just cause to consider revocation of the JNF’s charitable status in the UK.

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Use the Stop the JNF Campaign materials

Download the Stop the JNF Campaign general fact sheet, factsheet on the JNF British Park, presentation, and poster.

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The Palestinian BDS National Committee

Wednesday 30 March 2011

Stop the JNF Campaign: Media Release

National campaign launched against Cameron’s racist charity

A national campaign is being launched today against the Jewish National Fund
(JNF), a UK registered charity whose patrons include high profile figures
such as Prime Minister David Cameron.   The JNF was created in 1901 by the
Fifth Zionist Congress in order to ‘build a country out of nothing’,
according to JNF literature.  However, 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, culminating in the Nakba of 1948 when Zionist militias and
later Israel expelled a majority of the Palestinian population in order to
establish a state with a Jewish majority’.   Campaigners claim that the role
of the JNF remains unchanged until today and that the organisation, which
has para-statal status in Israel, should not benefit from charity status in
the UK.   Michael Kalmanovitz of the Stop the JNF Campaign says:

‘the JNF controls land either directly or through the Israel Land Authority
on which it has majority seats.  That’s how it prevents Palestinians from
living or working on this Palestinian land.  According to the ideology of
the JNF and the state of Israel, as a Jewish person, Zionists have given me
more legal right to live on that land than the Palestinian people who were
born there, although I have never lived there.  For example, the Bedouin
village of al Araqib in the Negev has been demolished by the JNF twenty one
times since July 2010 in order to drive them out.’

‘We refuse to stand by while the racist JNF is allowed to operate as a
legitimate organisation in this country receiving tax relief and other
associated benefits of being a charity.  Can we continue to allow racism to
be charitable in Britain?  Although Nick Clegg and Ed Milliband are not
patrons, unfortunately David Cameron has chosen to endorse the criminal
activities of the JNF.’

Samuel Hayek, chair of JNF UK, has said that ‘For over 100 years we have had
one mission: to settle and develop the Land of Israel.  Today, thanks to the
incredible support we receive and particularly our work in the Negev, JNF
continues to pioneer this historic Zionist dream in the 21st century.’   The
JNF is no stranger to protest.  Over the years the Charities Commission has
received complaints about the charitable status of the organisation.  In
December 2009 human rights protestors demonstrated outside the JNF 2020
Vision¹ conference in Hendon.  Their guest speaker, Israeli Minister Tzipi
Livni, cancelled her appearance when Palestinian families affected by
Operation Cast Lead successfully applied for a warrant for her arrest.



Notes for editors:

1.  The Stop the JNF Campaign launch, Land Day, 30 March 2011:

History of the campaign
The first meeting to build the Stop the JNF campaign was held in Geneva in
May 2009, during the World Conference Against Racism/Durban Review and the
shadow Israel Review Conference.  Plans to build the campaign were started
at this meeting with the Habitat International Coalition (HIC), the
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), the Palestinian Boycott,
Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), the Scottish Palestine
Solidarity Campaign (SPSC).

In May, 2010, these organizations co-sponsored an organizing meeting in
Edinburgh, Scotland, for activists and lawyers who were already building
campaigns against the JNF in their regions. The goal of the meeting was the
development and international coordination of campaigns against the Jewish
National Fund (JNF).

What is the campaign to stop the JNF?
Stop the JNF is an international campaign aimed at ending the role of the
Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemet LeIsrael) (JNF-KKL) in:

the on-going displacement of indigenous Palestinians from their land
the theft of their property
the funding of historic and present day colonies, and
the destruction of the natural environment.

The JNF (also known as Keren Kayemeth L’Yisrael or KKL) 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 and
many also enjoy consultative status with the United Nations.

The Stop the JNF Campaign also launched internationally today, on 30 March,
Land Day, which is a day of commemoration for six Palestinian citizens of
Israel killed by security forces in 1976 for protesting Israeli government
land expropriation and confiscation.

Stop the JNF Campaign
Tel 07931200361 or 07816251377

2.  Background Paper: The controversial land policies of the Jewish National
Fund, by JNews:

3.  Apartheid Israel: The Jewish National Fund, by Professor Uri Davis:

4.  A list of JNF patrons are available here:

5.  A statement by the Palestinian civil society organisations, the
Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC), 26
March 2011, Occupied Palestine:

6.  JNF UK History: www.jnf.co.uk/about.html

7.  El Araqib Destroyed for 21st time, JNF Changing Facts on Ground:

8.  For Samuel Hayek¹s quote see JNF UK Accounts, 31 December 2009:

9.  For a list of cases raised by the Charities Commission as a result of
complaints see Appendix 5 in the JNF E-book Vol published in January 2010,
ŒIntroducing the Jewish National Fund¹:

10.  Israel confirms U.K. arrest warrant against Livni, published by

11.  Jewish National Fund Conference resisted from inside and out, December
2009: www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2009/12/443416.html

12.  Protests at JNF events:

Goldie Hawn, 2009:
Colin Powell, 2006: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4612560.stm
Ruby Wax, 2004, and campaigns to challenge the JNF:
Bill Clinton, 2001:
http://news.scotsman.com/news/Protest-over-Clinton-speech.2285143.jp &

13.  History of the Palestinians in Israel, Adalah (The Legal Center for
Arab Minority Rights in Israel): www.adalah.org/eng/backgroundhistory.php

14.  Palestinian call for a day of action, Land Day, 30 March 2011:


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