“While the JNF says it is only trying to protect its property, it is acting as a proxy for settler groups in this and similar cases. Months ago, a Palestinian family living on ground owned by the JNF near Bethlehem was evacuated following a request by the organization: several days later,a settler outpost was set up in the same spot. The practical effect of the JNF’s campaign against the Sumreens is that this family of 18, guilty of no crime and accused of no wrongdoing, may soon find itself without a home, bereft and bankrupt. ” Rabbi Michael Marmur.
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A film, followed by discussion on the Nakba and the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinian villages. In 1967, on the second day of the 1967 war, Dima Abu Ghoush was forced to flee her village, along with all its inhabitants, when she was two years old. None of the villagers was ever able to returnThe film follows the journey of the director, Dima Abu Ghoush, as she brings the demolished village to life and rebuilds her demolished hometown through a model, to restore the memories of its inhabitants and their dreams.
Following the screening we will discuss the film with director Dima Abu Ghoush.
We will also be joined by John Nicholson from Stop the JNF campaign. The development of Canada Park was supported by the Jewish National Fund (JNF). JNF still hold charitable status in the UK. But how can such ethnic cleansing be classed as a charitable act?
Organised by Cinema Palestino, Manchester PSC and Sheffield PSC
Join guest speakers and experts in a monthly webinar series to explore the role of the Jewish National Fund in the historic and ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. From the Nakba to today, the JNF has been a key agent in the colonization of Palestine. We will also explore how the JNF has helped to forge the racist ideology of the state of Israel, financing a discriminatory system whilst, at the same time, being accorded charitable status across the world. The campaign against the JNF likewise reaches across the world – we invite you to join us , wherever you are, in this campaign for justice.
You will receive instructions on how to join via e-mail.
Saturday 2nd May: What is the JNF (Jewish National Fund)?
The JNF functions as an arm of the Israeli state, yet presents as a charity in scores of countries. Our expert guests will discuss the JNF as a pioneer of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and its ongoing activities to expel Palestinians from their homes. We’ll look at the JNF’s claims to act on behalf of Jews worldwide and show how this racist organisation can be challenged wherever you are.
Saturday 6th June: The JNF as a Pillar of Israeli Apartheid (1948-1967)
This webinar will reveal the part played by the JNF in this momentous period: the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, the seizure of Palestinian land, the erasure of evidence of this land theft and the prevention of Palestinians’ Right of Return. With eminent authorities, we will also explore the ways in which the JNF helped to forge the racist ideology and practices of the emerging state of Israel.
Saturday 4th July: The JNF as a Pillar of Israeli Apartheid (1967-present)
Once established as a parastatal organisation, the JNF has continued to facilitate Israel’s apartheid system. This webinar will focus on the Naqab, and the JNFs role in contemporary land confiscation.
Saturday 1st August: From Prawer to the JNF 2040 Plan
The JNF was involved in ethnic cleansing of the Negev through the Prawer Plan. Now, the JNF has an ambitious 2040 Plan to settle 1.5 million Israelis in the Galilee and Negev through the development of hi-tech industries. In the Negev, where destruction of Bedouin villages continues, the 2040 Plan involves collaboration with IDF Technology Units, including the notorious Unit 8200 which spies on Palestinians.
September 5th 2020: Nexus of Forces Allied with the JNF
To advance the Zionist movement’s conquest of land strategy, the JNF has relied on extensive fundraising among Jewish communities abroad, allowing the Israeli state to shift more of its resources to its military sector. In this session we examine the methods deployed by Western governments, the JNF and pro-Israel lobby groups to shield the Israeli state from criticism and actions coming from the BDS movement. We aim to explain how the JNF and its extensions in various countries pass off ethnic cleansing as charitable and explore ways to oppose them.
October 3rd 2020: Greenwashing and the JNF
Environmentalists beware. The JNF, which was established for the purposes of colonial dispossession, and has been executing ethnic cleansing for over 100 years, has re-branded itself as the “oldest green organization in the world” and is infiltrating the environmental movement. From biodiversity conservation to energy generation, from water conservation to climate change, the JNF has been causing environmental devastation and greenwashing crimes against the Palestinian people.
Please note: the running order of the webinars after July may be subject to modification.
Salman Abu Sitta, groundbreaking Palestinian researcher and historian
Omar Barghouti, co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement
Jonathan Cook, journalist based in Nazareth
Ilan Pappé, Israeli historian and activist.
Ghada Karmi, Palestinian doctor, author and academic.
Joseph Schechla, coordinator of Habitat International Coalition’s Housing and Land Rights Network.
Kholoud al-Ajarma, Palestinian activist
Aziz al Touri (pre-recorded), activist from al-Araqib
Shir Hever,economic researcher and author
The Stop the JNF UK campaign is part of an international campaign to end the Jewish National Fund ‘s role in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. It is made up of a coalition of activists from Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Scottish PalestineSolidarity Campaign and the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.
We hope all our supporters are well in these difficult times.
We have just sent out a newsletter highlighting the Covid epidemic as it hits Gaza. Sadly the current link for sending money to Middle East Children’s Alliance, our preferred long time partners, will not work from this country. We urge all our members and supporters who wish to donate, please do it via Medical Aid for Palestinians
– is it really for
the public good?
A report last month shows that a British Charity, the JNF, has behaved in an improper way. The Charity Commission has a record of going to extraordinary lengths to keep the JNF UK a listed charity. Its response to the latest scandal will need to be seen in the light of its previous rulings.
year a Palestinian family complained that the JNF had built the
British Park on their land. The Charity Commission ruled that the
family had no standing to complain.
Statements like “The JNF is not the trustee of the general public in Israel. Its loyalty is given to the Jewish people in the Diaspora and in the state of Israel… The JNF, in relation to being an owner of land, is not a public body that works for the benefit of all citizens of the state. The loyalty of the JNF is given to the Jewish people and only to them is the JNF obligated. The JNF, as the owner of the JNF land, does not have a duty to practice equality towards all citizens of the state.” by the JNF in Israel were not regarded as evidence of racism by the Charity Commission.
over the last two decades KKL-JNF has also been amassing
seized from Palestinians in East Jerusalem, evicting families, and
the property over to a settler organization with the express goal of
This evidence of complicity in ethnic cleanisng is also ignored by the Charity Commission.
The 2014 JNF annual report stated it gave £114,000 to the “Gaza War Effort”. A war that killed 1462 Palestinian civilians. The Charity Commission either closed its eyes or deemed it for the public good.
The latest scandal involves a will by a very frail old man. The Funding Regulator investigated the writing of a will by the KKL a subsidiary of the JNF UK.
wife, through her solicitors, claimed that the will was invalid on
of the testator’s lack of capacity, want of knowledge, approval and
also complained that the “charity failed to manage a conflict of
interests, to keep proper records and to maintain proper oversight of
the activities of their subsidiary”.
2016 will left the wife £500,000 with the bulk of the nearly
million going in
B stated that the testator was not a practising Jew and they had
any interest in Judaism or Jewish charities”.
Fundraising regulator ruled:
the closeness of the two organisations, and the fact that KKL clearly
work to promote and fundraise for JNF. This
is a clear breach of Section 18.3.3(b) of the code.”
in Stop the JNF want
reporting by the media
JNF to be stripped of its Charitable status
In the event that the Charity Commission continues its dereliction of its statutory duty, we urge everyone to join the stop the JNF Campaign.
Regretfully, we have had to postpone a number of meetings due to Covid 19
Lowkey, tonight (Monday 16th March) , Postponed
Labour Party, Antisemitism and the Media, 7pm Wednesday 18th March Postponed
Professor Salman Abu Sitta, The Right of Return: Sacred, Legal and Feasible March 27th Postponed
Two events are low risk since they are outside and are going ahead (but check Facebook Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign) Wednesday 18 th March 12 noon Hallam Square Sheffield Hallam University Gathering to support Anti Israeli Apartheid Week, called by Palestine Solidarity Society
Saturday 28th March 12 noon Sheffield Town Hall – Palestine Land Day
All of us are thinking of the impact of Covid 19 on our network of friends, neighbours and relatives. We would like you also to think of the impact on Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. They have a weak economy, few resources, a very weak health service and an unsympathetic occupying power. The impact on them will be far worse.
Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign welcomes that the UN has at last published a list of companies colluding in Israel’s illegal settlements in the West Bank. There are currently around 600,000 illegal settlers, part of a systematic policy to remove the Palestinian people from the land and expand Israel. Their number has been growing over the last 50 years. Some are economic settlers looking for cheap, state subsidised accommodation, others believe that they have a God given right to Palestinian land. The settlements exist because Israel is the dominant regional military power and is backed by the world’s only super power, the United States.
Stealing another people’s land is a throwback to colonial times. When Iraq invaded Kuwait, Britain intervened militarily, and when Russia annexed parts of Ukraine, Britain supported sanctions. By contrast, illegal Israeli settlements have been accompanied by mild rebuke but no sanctions. Consequently Israel has continued to expand with impunity and has been rewarded with aid and lucrative trade deals.
Now, the United Nations Human Rights Commission has produced a report that lists 112 companies that are active in these illegal settlements.The companies that profit from building and sustaining settlements, must be banned from trading in the UK. The UN’s list of complicit companies is far from complete but it is a start. It is time for everyone committed todemocratic values to rally behind Palestinian civil society’s call for boycotting all trade with Israel until it abides byinternational law and ends the oppression and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians.
Taysir Arbasi and Mohammed Ruzz, both from farming communities in Palestine to speak about their work and ivision at a public meeting during fairtrade fortnight.
Date: Wednesday 26th February 2020: 7 pm – 9 pm
Venue: Showroom 5, the Showroom cinema, Paternoster Row, S1 2BX
Sheffield PSC is hosting this meeting in partnership with a group of singers from Sheffield who will be visiting Palestine later this year. As part of our solidarity with Palestinian rural communities and in recognition of the carbon footprint of our air travel to Palestine we have made a donation to fund the planting of 680 olive trees by Palestinian farmers.
Taysir and Mohammed will be talking to us about their work in the tree planting programme, and the wider work of Zaytoun, which has been supporting Palestinian farmers through fairtrade since 2004. They will discuss the importance of building community resilience and their contribution to climate justice whilst living under the illegal Israeli occupation.