Palestine supporters, many Jewish, challenge Zionist conference
Published Oct 14, 2010 8:48 AM
Anti-Zionist Jews and Palestine solidarity activists disrupted the opening
plenary of the Jewish National Fund conference held Oct. 10 in the upscale
Intercontinental Hotel here.
Determined to confront the false images propagated by the JNF, five women and
two men walked to the front of the large meeting room and began passing out a
flyer that detailed the truth about the organization. They chanted “Stop
the lies” and “Shame on you” and declared that JNF does not
represent all Jewish people. Two other activists were filming the
Founded in 1901, the JNF’s purpose was to secure land in Palestine for
the exclusive use of Jewish people, a key element in the Zionist agenda to
permanently displace the indigenous Arab population. Once under the control of
the JNF, the land cannot be leased to, built on, managed by or worked on by
In 1953 Israel passed legislation enabling the private JNF to carry out
governmental functions. Its highly funded tree-planting program serves to erase
remnants of destroyed Palestinian villages. For example, Canada Park in the
occupied West Bank, which was created and is maintained by the JNF, was built
on the grounds of three razed Palestinian communities.
The fact sheet handed out by the activists referred to the racist
“Blueprint Negev” campaign, which is forcibly moving Bedouin
communities onto seven reservations in order for the JNF to “revitalize
the Negev.” The JNF is recognized as a charitable organization by the
Internal Revenue Service, making donations to it tax-deductible in the U.S.
The 400 or so supporters of the JNF at the conference, including a number of
Israelis, began assaulting the women protesters, who were kicked, pushed, hit
and cursed at. One Israeli man attempted to arrest two of the women and prevent
them from leaving the building. Still another Zionist complained to a Georgia
Bureau of Investigation agent that if this had happened in Israel, he
“would have had his gun and would have put two in the chest.” The
lens of a television camera filming the event was blocked while the attack took
The nine activists then joined a picket line in front of the hotel. The action
was initiated by the Atlanta chapter of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist
Network and supported by the Movement to End Israeli Apartheid-Georgia.
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