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Thursday, May 17, 2007

KKL-JNF is not on trial here, Zionism is on Trial

KKL-JNF (Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael - Jewish National Fund) has been a great part of the reclamation and rebuilding of Israel. The left wing groups gaining power in Israel have managed to aggressively chip away at KKL-JNF's preservation of major parts of Israel's territory. Now a major attack is being launched. In the words of KKL-JNF's chairman:

"Over a period of 2000 years, Jews were dispersed and devoid of rights to land and a secure home as well as exposed to anti-Semitism, pogroms, deprivation and discrimination. The establishment of the Jewish State came to remedy this historical injustice that was brought upon the Jewish People. Every nation deserves a state of its own. So does the Jewish People. 57 years following Israel’s establishment, the process of evolving into a state has not yet been completed. That secure reality is still clouded by the potential end to Israel’s existence as a Jewish state and being relegated to a fading historical episode. The recent court appeals seek to expropriate KKL-JNF’s land from the Jewish People and render their status as that of all other State lands.

If a Zionist entity in a Jewish state would not be allowed to be the owner of land to be designated for developing Jewish communities, what unique value does that state have?

All of KKL-JNF’s lands were purchased entirely with funds from Jews from all over the world. KKL owns some 2.5 million dunams (about 625,000 acres). Approximately 1,000,000 dunams (250,000 acres) were purchased by KKL-JNF with funds provided by world Jewry prior to the establishment of the State of Israel. Some 1,250,000 dunams (about 315,000 acres) were purchased by KKL-JNF in the early years of the State. Again, this was a purchase effected through contributions of Jews across the world. It was a financial transaction for all intents and purposes, which transferred full ownership of the pertinent lands over to KKL-JNF. The State of Israel has no part in that ownership. State-owned-lands need to be available for all of Israel’s citizens. KKL-JNF lands are assets that belong to the Jewish People for the purpose of achieving its objectives: securing the viability Israel as a Jewish state, strengthening and developing it and retaining its Jewish character.

Unfortunately, we have not yet reached the conclusion of the struggle to ensure having the State of Israel as a Jewish state in the Middle East living in peace with its neighbors and gaining recognition of its Jewish essence. KKL-JNF and its lands are an essential cornerstone in this struggle.

Today, KKL-JNF afforests Israel, prepares land to consolidate agricultural and urban settlement principally in peripheral areas, builds water reservoirs, rehabilitates rivers, preserves open spaces and carries out tens of hundreds of other activities to enhance the environment for the benefit of all Israel’s residents, Jews and non-Jews alike.

Given this, KKL-JNF views the appeals submitted by “Adela” – the Arab Center for Alternate Planning and other organizations, as an attempt to undermine the essential concept of land underpinning the Zionist enterprise and foundation of the State of Israel as a home for Jewish People. KKL-JNF is not on trial here but Zionism and the whole Zionist idea."


KKL-JNF is asking for comments: "According to a recent survey, more than 85 per cent of polled Israeli Jews said that the Jewish People is entitled to hold lands in Israel for the benefit of the Jewish People. Do you have an opinion? Please write to us stating your personal details and whether you identify with our cause and are willing to participate, when the time comes, in a forceful public pro-advocacy campaign to be launched soon around these issues."

Their email is hanab@kkl.org.il

5 comments:

Lemon said...

Israel and God are on trial .
Is God true to his words? This is the basis of the worlds accusations.
Attacks on Israel and its right to exist are attacks on God himself, nothing less.

Yobeeone said...

"According to a recent survey, more than 85 per cent of polled Israeli Jews said that the Jewish People is entitled to hold lands in Israel for the benefit of the Jewish People."

I keep reading that sentence over and over again. It's probably just me, but I can see 10 of the 12 spies saying let's take a poll to see if the people think we should take the Land.

I know. I'm being cynical. I had stir fry for supper and it's affecting my mind. Hey! Rice looks like magots. Maybe they slid into my head. :]

Keli Ata said...

It's not just you, Yobee. Something about the sentence seems very off to me too. I keep getting the feeling that there's something deceptive in the comment.

What do they mean by "hold lands in Israel"? And "for the benefit of the Jewish people"? Isn't the entire state of Israel for the benefit of the Jewish people?

I might be misinterpreting the entire thing, but something seems odd here.

Color me confused.

Debbie said...

Great video, and good job making it. But you know, there's not enough Prozac in the WORLD for all those folks. But just in case, we should all buy stock in the company.

Last year 31 million prescriptions were written for anti-depressants. How many Muslims are there in the world?

You might get a chuckle out of this "news" item from the Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/health/2007/05/19/hwalk18.xml

Patricio Bridges said...

The Jewish People are definitely entitled to hold lands in Israel for the benefit of the Jewish People. If Israel ceases to be a predominately Jewish state then Israel ceases to be Israel. The enemies of Zion will use any tactic to destroy the Jewish state and every setback for the dedicated and true Zionists in Israel is a victory for her enemies. I support KKL-JNF and I'm not even Jewish.

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