The AJDS – the Australian Jewish Democratic Society, aka ‘the enemy within’ are at it again, though nowhere near as bad as this article I wrote in September 2013. The Enemy Within. They are based in Melbourne which is the centre of ‘leftism’ in this country.
It’s bad enough having to deal with Israel hating leftists but when I see and hear Jews condemning fellow Jews it sickens me to the pit of my stomach.
For those non-Australians reading this, the AJDS is a like organisation (to loosely use the word) to Yachad in the UK and Jewish Voices for Peace in the US.
I am on their mailing list and received a newsletter from them yesterday. The meeting is planned to coincide with JNF Green Week.
Let’s talk JNF.
This Tu B’shvat come and join us for a lunch and discussion about the JNF.
Saturday 11th Feb, 1:00-3:30. Unit 5/311 Alma Rd, Caulfield North.
The JNF is a familiar and significant entity amongst global Jewish communities. Its roots trace back to 1901 when it was formed as part of the Zionist ambition, with the explicit goal of buying and developing land in Ottoman Palestine for Jewish settlers. The organisation became hugely popular, many of us are familiar with the blue box, with trees being planted in our names to mark milestones in our lives, and with the vision of an apolitical conservation organisation greening the land of Israel.
But what does the JNF really do? Is it an environmental organisation? What is the role of the JNF in erasing the Palestinian links with their land and history? How much power does the JNF hold in Israeli land management and policy? Is the JNF complicit in Palestinian and Bedouin home demolitions?
They said last year that:
SEDQ: A Global Jewish Network for Justice, were inviting people from around the globe to participate in “Cultivating Justice: a Global Week of Action and Education challenging the JNF” and that the week aimed to encourage a closer look at the historical and current work of the Jewish National Fund (JNF).
They say that the JNF is a quasi-governmental organisation based in Israel that has played a controversial role in the creation of the state, and contributes towards implementing some of its discriminatory laws and policies. With dozens of charitable branches abroad, the JNF aims to portray itself as an apolitical organization tasked with “developing” the land.
Just love this – not:
We feel a moral obligation to examine closely and honestly its legacy and continuing activities.
This is one of their videos in which they claim that the park sits atop three Palestinian villages which were demolished in 1967.
The JNF-KKL and the Politics of Planting.
In 1948, when hearing of the massacres by Zionist militias in Deir Yassin, the residents of al Walaja, a village located between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, fled their land across the valley to wait out the fighting in caves and small structures. Almost 70 years later and the original site of their village is now covered in non-native pine trees and named the John F Kennedy Forest. It is run by the Jewish National Fund (in Hebrew Keren Kayimet L’Yisrael) JNF-KKL which oversees 13 percent of state lands, 2.5 million dunams (625,000 acres) and is not subject to oversight by the state comptroller or the treasury.
The JNF credits itself with planting 250 million trees, building more than 210 reservoirs and dams, developing more than 250,000 acres of land, creating more than 1000 parks and providing the infrastructure for more than 1000 communities throughout Israel. “Suiting a state constructed for a single cultural-religious group, the JNF promotes an exclusionary [and] discriminatory brand of environmentalism,” according to journalist and activist Ben Lorbor. The JNF’s constitution has explicitly stated that its land cannot be rented, leased, sold to or worked by non-Jews.
They post that on the JNF blog you can read about forestation and afforestation, solar energy, national parks (precious ‘green lungs’), and social and educational initiatives. What of the displacement, depopulation, dispossession and deprivation wreaked in the process? What of ongoing developments in the West Bank? All washed green.