The Jewish National Fund (JNF) is one of the principle components of Israel's discriminatory system of land administration. The JNF was founded in 1901 to further the political project of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine. Its constitution requires the JNF to benefit Jews exclusively. It therefore promotes and implements policies that discriminate against the Palestinian population of Israel.
The JNF is a quasi-official organization of the Israeli state that exists to raise funds for the acquisition and development of land for Jewish settlement. As such, it provides one of the main mechanisms through which Israel's system of ethnic cleansing and discrimination is enforced. Indeed, around 2/3 of JNF land was actually stolen from Palestinian refugees. The JNF owns around 14% of the land in Israel, and is prohibited by its constitution from selling or leasing this land to Arabs. Through its 50% representation on the council of the Israel Lands Administration (ILA), the JNF has a substantial influence over more than 90% of the land in Israel.
Since 1967, the JNF has been active through its subsidiary Hemnutah Ltd. in purchasing land in the occupied Palestinian territories for Jewish settlement. Such settlement violates numerous United Nations resolutions and the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention relating to the protection of civilian societies under occupation. Settlement construction in the occupied territories represents a major obstacle to the peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The JNF Charitable Trust funds and supports the development of “British Park”, a forested recreational area in central Israel. This park is built on and around the remains of Palestinian villages, including Ajjur and Zakariya. According to the historian Walid Khalidi, the Palestinians who used to occupy this land were forcibly removed in 1948 and became refugees or internally-displaced persons. The removal of the Palestinians from their land constitutes a breach of human rights under International Law. The demolition of civilian homes; the denial of the right of the civilian inhabitants to the ownership of their properties and to return to the area where their homes once stood, and the arbitrary alteration of the usage of the properties represent gross violations of United Nations resolutions relevant to the question of Palestine and constitute war crimes under international law.
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