Showing posts with label Stop the JNF. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Stop the JNF. Show all posts

Monday, June 13, 2011

Stop Greenwashing Apartheid Makes a Breakthrough

By Alessandra Bajec
June 13, 2011

On the occasion of Palestinian Land Day and the Global BDS Day of Action last March, the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) officially launched an international campaign to Stop the Jewish National Fund (JNF).

The call to revoke the JNF's charitable status has had an overwhelming response from civil society groups and individuals around the world. Two weeks ago, British Prime Minister Cameron resigned as a patron of the JNF. Joining the campaign has helped to raise awareness on the little known issue about the JNF, its real nature of and role in the ongoing displacement of Palestinians from their lands.

Commemorating Palestinian Land Day and the Global BDS Day of Action, the BNC in conjunction with the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN), the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and other international partners, called upon people of conscience around the world to oppose the presence and activities of the JNF in their countries. They also called boycotts and legal action against the JNF wherever it operates.

The global initiative draws attention to the long-standing central role of the JNF in Israel’s system of occupation, exposing its crimes of colonization, ethnic cleansing and apartheid against the Palestinian people.


Performance artists plant trees in luxury cosmetics store linked to Israeli land grabs

June 10, 2011

A group of international artists staged a performance today in a Turkish branch of luxury cosmetics store Clinique in protest against its chairman's involvement with Israeli ethnic cleansing and occupation in Palestine. This is the latest action in the growing campaign against the Jewish National Fund (JNF), a Zionist organisation which facilitates the transfer of Palestinian land to Jews while parading as an environmental charity.

Five members of performance arts group Rezoning Group entered the store in Istanbul dressed up as members of the JNF and proceeded to “plant” trees over the Clinique shop space on Friday 10th June, forcing the store to temporarily close.

This was to draw a parallel with the actions of the JNF, which has been involved in forcibly appropriating Palestinian homes and ”rezoning” them under an ecological reforestation scheme. By this “planting” of trees without prior announcement or permission, the Rezoning Group say they wish to highlight the very activity engaged in by the JNF on Palestinian lands.