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.
SPEAKING TOUR LAUNCHED: To support her case to the Charity Commission, Kholoud al Ajarma is touring the UK in April and May 2019. Kholoud's family were ethnically cleansed from the Palestinian village of Ajjur in 1948, and their land transferred to the Jewish National Fund. She is currently based in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem.
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.
Speaking Tour - Kholoud Al Ajarma
Appellant to the Charity Commission Kholoud Al Ajarma is speaking at various locations across the UK. Dates here:
Sheffield: Sunday 31st March – Showroom Cinema, Room 5, 15 Paternoster Road, S1 2BX, 4-6pm
Liverpool: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 – Quaker Meeting House, School Lane, L1 3BT, 7pm-9pm Event
Manchester: Thursday 4th April 2019 – Friends Meeting House, Mount Street, 7pm-9pm Event
Halifax: Friday 5th April 2019 – Heath URC Church, 11 Free School Lane, HX3 0DW, 7.30pm-9pm Event
Edinburgh: Sunday 7th April 2019 -Grassmarket Centre, 86 Candlemaker Row, EH1 2QA, 2pm
Glasgow: Monday 8th April – Renfield Centre, 260 Bath St.Glasgow, G2 4JP, 7-9pm
Birmingham: Tuesday 9th April 2019 – Carrs Lane Church, B4 7SX, 7-9pm Event
Brighton: Thursday 11th April 2019 – Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, 7.30-9.30pm Event
London: Friday 12th April 2019 – Hamilton House, Mabledon Plc, WC1H 9BD, 7.00-9.00 Event