'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


Happy birthday to JNF

By Simon Rocker and Jonathan Kalmus, November 17, 2011

More than 200 guests celebrated the 110th anniversary of JNF UK at a dinner in London on Saturday night.


Anti-JNF move fails

By Simon Rocker, October 27, 2011

Holborn and St Pancras Labour Party has refused to back an anti-JNF campaign, endorsed earlier in the year by local MP Frank Dobson.

He is one of 48 signatories to an early day parliamentary motion in support of the Stop the Jewish National Fund Campaign, which accuses the JNF of "illegal expropriation" of Palestinian land and calls for a review of its charitable status.


Gilad Shalit release 'wonderful' for Jewish world

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2011

Israel and the international community have been sharing their reactions to the release of Gilad Shalit after more than five years as a prisoner of Hamas.

Sergeant Shalit has been taken across the border to Israel and is undergoing a medical check-up. He will soon be reunited with his family, who have dedicated the last five years to securing his freedom.


JNF has second thoughts

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

JNF UK has battened down the hatches after last week's news that the head of its lucrative legacy division, Harvey Bratt, is leaving for the rival UJIA.

This week whisper reached me that JNF's finance director David Lantry had handed in his resignation, too, but when I asked JNF if this was true, it only gave the stonewalling reply that it did not comment on "issues relating to members of staff


Bratt jumps ship and leaves the JNF

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

JNF UK's most successful fundraiser has decided to quit the organisation after 15 years and instead work for the UJIA.

Harvey Bratt, 53, the head of JNF's legacy department, said that he was "looking for a new challenge at this stage in my career.


Goodman takes top spot at JNF UK

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

David Goodman has been confirmed as the permanent chief executive of JNF UK.

He joined the charity last October from the Office of the Chief Rabbi, taking on the role in an acting capacity.

Mr Goodman, who previously worked at Kisharon and served in the IDF for more than 12 years, said: "I have always believed in the JNF's mission of developing the land of Israel and supporting its people.