JNF Canada turned the land of three demolished Palestinian villages into a recreational area, Canada Park, with an adjacent settlement for Jews only. (Bukvoed)
'Pressured by human rights activists and a Palestinian refugee, the Canada Revenue Agency has begun an investigation into the Jewish National Fund of Canada over its use of charitable donations to build projects for the Israeli military and illegal settlements.
Uses of charitable donations to fund foreign militaries contravenes Canadian law.
JNF Canada’s parent organization, the Jewish National Fund (JNF), predates the establishment of Israel and uses tree-planting as a cover to ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their land.
After Israel’s establishment in 1948, the JNF took control of most of the land which had been confiscated from Palestinian refugees. In the 1950s, the JNF became a quasi-state organization, with a policy to lease land only to Jews on an openly discriminatory basis.
Documents show that the JNF has repeatedly used JNF Canada as a conduit to collect funds for its illegal projects, activists say.
JNF Canada recently told public broadcaster CBC that it stopped funneling money to the Israeli military in 2016.
However, acting as a conduit for its parent organization, funds continue to flow into projects connected to the Israeli military.
And the JNF remains involved in dCanada investigates Jewish National Fund for funding Israel’s crimesecades-old activities of land theft and expulsion of Palestinians, actions which also violate international law.
In addition to the formal complaint, activists have initiated a petition through parliament calling for JNF Canada’s charitable status to be revoked.
It will be presented to parliament and the government will have to respond.'
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