7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mander Hall - Hamilton House
Public Meeting: Stop the Jewish National Fund! Complicit in ethnic cleansing in Palestine
Mander Hall, Hamilton House, Mabledon Pl, Kings Cross, WC1H 9BD
6.30pm for a 7pm start
Join Kholoud al Ajarma, who belongs to one of the families ethnically cleansed from Ajjur in 1948. Today, they live in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, only about 25 miles from their village. Her family still have the title deeds to their land in Ajjur, now owned by the Jewish National Fund.
With supporters, she lodged a formal complaint to the Charity Commission, asserting that the JNF UK should not be recognised as a charitable organisation. The initial response of the Charity Commission was to say that she has “no standing” to argue the case in a British court.
***Update*** We are thrilled to announce that Kholoud will be joined by philosopher and activist Moshé Machover, and veteran anti-Apartheid activist, and former member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC) Ronnie Kasrils.
Stop the JNF Campaign:
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 maintains strong organisational links with the JNF in Israel.
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.