Jewish National Fund: Teaching Children an Exclusive, Religious/Ethnic Nationalism
Publisher: Dissident Voice
Date Written: 14/03/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20557
The JNF has produced puzzles and board games as well as organizing a Youth Summer experience program. According to JNF Canada's Education Department, the group "educates thousands of young people in Israel and abroad, helping them forge an everlasting bond with the Land of Israel."
While youth pursuing "community service" sounds nice, the JNF is a racist, colonial, institution that has no place in the 21st century. An owner of 13 per cent of Israel's land and with influence over much of the rest, the JNF discriminates against Palestinian citizens of Israel (Arab Israelis) who make up one-fifth of the population. According to a UN report, JNF lands are "chartered to benefit Jews exclusively," which has led to an "institutionalized form of discrimination." For their part, JNF Canada officials are relatively open about the discriminatory character of the organization. In 2009 JNF Canadas head Frank A. Wilson explained, "JNF are the caretakers of the Land of Israel on behalf of its owners, who are the Jewish people everywhere around the world."