Charity Commission: Deregister the Jewish National Fund UK
The JNF owns 13% of the state land in Israel. It maintains these lands for the sole settlement of Jewish Citizens of Israel. These lands were obtained by forced sale and displacement. JNF projects in the Naqab continue to forcibly displace Palestinians as part of their ongoing ethnic cleansing.
JNF-UK enjoys official charitable status, despite having organisational links with the JNF-KKL in Israel. Campaigners are supporting a renewed appeal to the Charity Commission, by a dispossessed Palestinian family, which aims to get its charity status, and subsequent financial benefits revoked. The case highlights the plight of a Palestinian refugee, ethnically cleansed from their home in 1948, who still has the deed to the land now owned by the JNF.
Case to the Charity Commission
As registered British charity, the JNF UK receives all the associated financial and reputational benefits of this status and it is this privileged position which the campaign challenges. The campaign to persuade the Charity Commission to withdraw the charitable status of the JNF UK began in 2013 and a new appeal was lodged in 2018.
This appeal highlights the case of a Palestinian family whose land in Ajjur was taken from them by force in 1948 and lies beneath British Park. A young Palestinian member of the family has produced a strong case, evidenced with title deeds and tax receipts related to the family land. Her family lands are open as a leisure facility for Israelis, but inaccessible to their rightful owners. Her case was supplemented by statements and evidence from UK supporters. The submission to the Charity Commission shows the unsuitability of the JNF UK to hold charitable status.