The JNF in Australia

Jnf Statue in Misgav Park.

JNF Australia Statue in Australia Park, Misgav Regional Council, Israel. Image Wikimedia Commons

 

The JNF in Australia have tax deductibility status as an environmental organisation. According to the JNF’s website:

“Donations of $2.00 or more to the JNF Environment Gift Fund for the planting of trees and other environmental projects are tax deductible. The Jewish National Fund Environment Gift Fund is listed on the Register of Environmental Organisations under item 6.1.1 in Section 30-55 of the Income tax Assessment Act 1997”.

The JNF advertise themselves as a primarily environmental organisation but they are complicit in ongoing forms of land theft and ethnic cleansing. This process has been described as ‘green-washing’. 1

JNF Australia has funded numerous projects that have assisted the JNF’s overall agenda.

A recent example is JNF Australia’s establishment of the John Howard Forest in Nahal Assaf in the Northern Negev in 2007. 2This forest is part of the JNF’s ongoing Blueprint Negev plan to increase Jewish settlement in the Negev. 3

“Over the past two years we have seen a systematic  effort to turn the Northern Negev into a forest region,” said Atawa Abu-Frih, chair of the Public Committee for the Unrecognised Villages. “We are not against a green environment, but the afforestation program is becoming an inseparable part of the plan to take over land upon which Bedouin live, or where there are pending land claims by Bedouin.” 4

As well as directly supporting projects such as these JNF Australia’s fundraising and marketing campaigns play a key role in legitimising and  green-washing the activities of the JNF as a whole.

What can you do?

Spread the word about this website and tell your friends and family what the JNF’s role really is.

You can support the ongoing struggle of the Bedouin in the Negev through the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality.

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Notes:

  1. Jews against the Occupation (Sydney and Melbourne), 2012, The Jewish National Fund (JNF) and Greenwashing, ASENincubate website, April 30. Available at http://asenincubate.tumblr.com/post/22106543979/the-jewish-national-fund-jnf-and-greenwashing 
  2. Jewish National Fund of Australia Inc. 2014, JNF Australia’s projects in Israel. Accessed 03/06/2014, http://www.jnf.org.au/Page/JNF-Australias-projects-in-Israel.cfm
  3. Jewish National Fund, Blueprint Negev. Accessed 03/09/2014, http://www.jnf.org/work-we-do/blueprint-negev/ 
  4. Salbe, S 2009, ‘The Blue Box, afforestation, and Bedouin removal’, Australian Jewish Democratic Society newsletter, August. Accessed 22/07/2014, http://www.ajds.org.au/wp-content/uploads/Newsletter%20August%202009.pdf