At the Jewish National Fund (JNF)Â AnnualConference,Â Chairman of the Board Ronald Lauder decried global anti-Semitism and called for realism in confrontingÂ threats to Israel. However, concerns have been raised about JNF’s commitment to confronting threats to Jewish land ownership in Israel.
However, JNF resolve in fulfilling its charter missionÂ of purchasingÂ the landÂ of Israel for the Jewish people has been questioned lately.
FollowingÂ pressureÂ from Bedouin land thieves, the JNFÂ stopped a forestation projectÂ in the Negev in early 2012, in opposition to its stated mission of redeemingÂ the landÂ of Israel.
Furthermore, rampantÂ illegal Arab buildingÂ on JNF-owned land has been documented by the Israel Land Fund (ILF). The JNF has not taken action to defendÂ the landÂ that contributions have allowed it to purchase, and furthermore rejected ILF offers to purchaseÂ the landÂ and deal with the issue of reclaiming it.
Hakol HayehudiÂ reported in May 2012 the ILF’s findings that on JNF owned land in the Jerusalem neighborhood of AtarotÂ have been built illegal Arab apartments, a mosque, a UN school and a memorial to a terrorist, allÂ without JNF counter action.