‘What’s behind the Jewish National Fund?’ website launch

From AJDS:

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Dear AJDS members and supporters,After almost a year of work we’re finally ready to launch our new campaign website: ‘What’s behind the Jewish National Fund?

Please have a read and share it with your family and friends. We’re also asking people to support the campaign by adding a photo message to the website here.

Our media release is below:

Jewish group launches campaign criticising the Jewish National Fund

The Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS), a progressive Jewish group from Melbourne, today launched a campaign website titled ‘What’s behind the Jewish National Fund?’ criticising the Jewish National Fund for its role in taking land from Palestinians and Bedouins in Israel.

The Jewish National Fund is a central and unquestioned feature of the Jewish community. Donation boxes from the JNF are present in nearly all Jewish shops, schools, synagogues and other institutions. Jem Light, a spokesperson from the AJDS, said ‘Many Jews give to the Jewish National Fund without having enough  information about their activities. We are aiming to expose some of the more unsavoury and discriminatory policies of the JNF. Once people find out, I’m sure they will seriously reconsider their donations’.

The website provocatively says: ‘The JNF promotes itself as a green charity, fundraising in Jewish communities around the world to support tree planting, and other environmental initiatives in Israel. But what is the JNF really doing with your money?’

Amongst the websites allegations are claims that the JNF is institutionally discriminatory, is active in the displacement of Bedouins from their homes in the Negev, funds infrastructure for illegal settlement construction and plants trees in an environmentally destructive manner.

For more information please see the website http://www.whatsbehindjnf.org

For further comment please contact:

AJDS Community Organiser, Max Kaiser at co@ajds.org.au or 0423234069

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