On April 14, 2019 Canada Palestine Association and Independent Jewish Voices Vancouver held a joint protest titled “StoptheJNF Picket, No Tax Breaks for Apartheid.” The protest took place in front of congregation Schara Tzedeck in Vancouver where 2019 JNF Negev Gala featured its guest speaker Amb. Ron Prosor, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN 2011-2015.
Here is the statement published by the organizers on their Facebook event page:
Once again this year, Vancouver activists are issuing a callout to protest the fund raising gala of the Jewish National Fund. The racist and discriminatory policies of the JNF have been well documented and are of particular concern here in Canada due to the creation of “Canada Park” on the ruins of 3 Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank. A recent CBC expose also revealed that JNF solicits donations and issues charitable tax receipts for funds that go directly to the Israeli military and to the illegal settlements in the occupied territories.
This year is also an occasion to mark Palestinian Land Day and the one year anniversary of the Great Return March in Gaza; since March 30, 2018, 220 Palestinians have been killed by the Israeli military and tens of thousands injured.
Call on the Canadian Government to revoke the tax deductible status for the JNF, and stop being complicit in these WAR CRIMES.
More info at stopthejnf.ca
No Canadian Charity for the Israeli Military!
No Tax Breaks for Apartheid and Colonization!
Organized by Canada Palestine Association and Independent Jewish Voices-Vancouver.
Endorsed by: Alliance for People’s Health, Canada Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights, East Indian Defense Committee, ILPS Just Peace Campaign, International League of Peoples Struggle, SANSAD South Asian Network for Secularism & Democracy, Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights UBC, Vancouver & District Labour Council, Vancouver Peace Council.
The protesters held signs that read:
Jewish National Funs is a racist organization
Boycott Israeli apartheid
Jewish National Fund discriminates against non-Jews
JNF covering Israeli war crimes with trees since 1948
Shame Stop JNF
War crimes committed by JNF
Down with capitalism, colonialism and racism!
Revoke tax-free status for JNF. Call your M.P.
Racism # charity. BDS-Vancouver
The participants chanted:
Stop the racist JNF
Viva Viva, Palestina
Viva Viva intifada