Campaign to revoke the Jewish National Fund of Canada’s Charitable Status

The campaign to revoke the Jewish National Fund of Canada’s charitable status is growing. In recent weeks it’s gained an important political endorsement, high profile intellectual backing and raised funds for a legal challenge.

Recently, Green Party leader Elizabeth May joined 28 other party members in sponsoring a resolution to the Party’s August convention calling on the Canada Revenue Agency to revoke the JNF’s charitable status. The motion describes the JNF’s “discrimination against non-Jews in Israel through its bylaws which prohibit the lease or sale of its lands to non-Jews.” It also criticizes the JNF Canada financed Ayalon Canada Park, which covers three Palestinian villages conquered and depopulated during the 1967 war. The resolution calls on the Green Party to press “the Canada Revenue Agency to revoke the charitable status of the Jewish National Fund for contravening public policy against discrimination and for its failure to comply with international human rights law.”

Fearing the precedent-setting impact of this resolution, the JNF, B’nai B’rith and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs have organized their supporters to email the Green Party. Pro-Israel commentators have also condemned the resolution. One labeled it “bizarre” the Greens would target “one of the world’s leading environmental charities” while another noted, “the JNF focuses primarily on environmental stewardship and cultivating forests, which…

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