Stop the stoppers

May 23, 2013

Under its previous chairman, Dame Suzi Leather, the Charity Commission often behaved as if it was in thrall to whatever was the latest fashionable cause.


JNF loses half its revenue

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2012

One of the community's leading Israel charities, JNF UK, has suffered a massive drop in contributions, with voluntary income plummeting by more than half from 2010 to 2011.

According to its newly-published accounts, income from donations, legacies and investments fell from around £5.1 million in 2010 to just over £2.4 million last year.


The JNF must go back to its roots

By Sylvia Rothschild, May 24, 2012

As with so many diaspora Jews for more than 100 years, a Jewish National Fund blue collection box stood in my home as I was growing up, and I have one still.


That's democracy

May 24, 2012

It is difficult to admire Avigdor Lieberman. He holds views which many British Jews find, to say the least, difficult. He appears certain to be indicted for corruption. He behaves as if his political mission is to create enemies rather than allies for Israel.


'Be loyal to Israel' pleads foreign minister Lieberman

By Martin Bright, May 24, 2012

Diaspora Jews should support Israel’s government regardless of its political complexion, according to its controversial Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Jewish National Fund in London on Tuesday evening, Mr Lieberman said that Jews who organised a petition against his visit were a legitimate part of the debate about the future of Israel.


Veteran fundraiser enjoys desert trek for JNF

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2012

Most 75-year-olds would be happy to put their feet up.

But Kenton grandfather Peter Barnett wanted to put his "on the ground and stand in solidarity with Israel".


'You don't defend Israel properly'

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A leading pro-Israel activist believes the mainstream Jewish community "cannot be trusted" to defend Israel and claims non-Jews are now leading the way in combating delegitimisation efforts.

Sam Westrop, a founder of the British Israel Coalition (BIC), said the community was often "paralysed" because it could not agree on positions to take on issues affecting Israel.


Greens denounce JNF as 'racist' and colonial

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

The Green Party has called for the JNF to be stripped of its charity status and has pledged to sign up to a campaign which calls the charity "racist".

Delegates voted unanimously in favour of a motion condemning JNF's activities and denouncing its "claims to be an ecological agency" at the England and Wales party's spring conference on Sunday.

The motion was proposed by Deborah Fink, co-foun


Eviction assaults Israel's values

By Hannah Weisfeld, December 9, 2011

The Jewish National Fund has been a household name across the Jewish world for more than a century. Many of us grew up with a little blue box proudly displayed on the mantelpiece. The JNF has led the effort to transform Israel into the thriving, modern country it is today.


JNF UK won't back Yachad

By Simon Rocker, December 1, 2011

JNF UK has refused to back a campaign to halt the eviction of a Palestinian family from a house in East Jerusalem, saying the protests aid the demonisation of Israel.

Yachad, the alternative Israel advocacy group, appealed to JNF to intervene to prevent the removal of the Sumarin family in Silwan.

The Israeli courts have ruled that the property belongs to Himnuta, a subsidiary of Keren Kayem