Dear Keren Kayemet LeYisroel and JNF, amv"sh
Contact info for KKL is http://www.jnf.org/includes/contact-us.html
After the latest War in Lebanon I gave $300 to my friend who was going to Israel and asked her to please spend it on a worthwhile cause. She chose JNF to replace trees that were destroyed in the North after the North was attacked by Hizbollah.
It has come to my attention that JNF and KKL have taken Land paid by Jews and entrusted to them by Jewish donors for the purpose of Keren Kayamet LEYISROEL and instead have allowed this Land it to be entrusted to Palestinians in Arab villages. I refer you and all my fellow donors to Arieh King of the Israel Land Fund who has done extensive research regarding this matter.
Now the latest breaking news reported in Haaretz www.haaretz.co.il and Arutz 7 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/134694#replies is that KKL is proud to donate 3,000 trees for the Palestinians while the government of Israel is freezing all construction in Judea and Samaria. Netanyahu is acquiescing to Obama and American Pressure to establish a Palestinian State and KKL is seeing to it that Palestiniain communities are beautified with tree planting.
The Palestinians are not interested in trees. Look at the oasis that was once Gush Katif. Now it is desolate and a launching pad for Kassam Rockets against the South.
I want my money back. I also want all my money back from the past 30 years when I proudly donated many trees to JNF in memory of lost friends and relatives or in honor of a Simcha. I was proud of my Jewish Homeland. I understand now, that KKL did not use the money for that purpose. Again please contact Arieh King who has publicized this fraud. He can provide you and donors with facts..
You deceived us, all your donors into believing we are contributing to Jews and to Israel. Instead, you betrayed our trust and instead used land and property bought by Jews for Jews and gave it to Palestinians. Why call yourself Keren Kayamet LeYisroel? Why call yourself Jewish National Fund?
In addition to demanding a full refund of all monies donated to JNF we will recommend that from now on. money is much better spent donating to organizations that plant trees in YESHA in Jewish communities rather than to JNF..
Anyone reading this letter and wishes to join me in a class action suit against JNF and KKL please contact me.
Sincerely, Robin Ticker
A very disappointed contributor.
A new Palestinian city takes root - with JNF trees
Hirui Amara excitedly held a bunch of pine seedlings and was quick to dip their soft roots in a bucket of water. Several seconds later he was next to an elderly man, and helped him plant one of the seedlings.
JNF BETRAYS ITS JEWISH MANDATE
Arieh King, founder and head of the Israel Land Fund, has been battling with the JNF for years. He has documented the egregious abuse of the organization's mandate to collect money from Jewish people in order to buy and preserve land in the Land of Israel. King has documented proof of JNF land purchase and give-away to Arabs that has been going on with the knowledge and approval of the Israel Land Authority.
King asserts that during the years 2004-2009, more than 200 new apartments were built on JNF land in the area north of the Jerusalem. When one drives near that area today, a very visible sign reading AREA A – NO ISRAELIS (Jews) ALLOWED, can be seen, even though one is in Israel's capital city of Jerusalem. (Israel has been divided into areas A,B and C. A is solely Arab. B is under Israeli control, but open to Arab administration, and C is solely under Israeli control.) King also accuses the JNF of failure to protect Jewish land in where three years ago, no effort was made to keep hundreds of acres inside the separation wall. Arabs are now using this land. In the Shoafat/JNF forest, near Pisgat Ze'ev, Jerusalem, Arabs have built 300 apartments between 1991-2009, with building continuing today., in
King has written to the heads of JNF, pleading with them to stop JNF assistance in planting 3000 trees in the area of a new Arab city, RUWABI, scheduled to be built north of. Instead, we read that "Michael Weinberg of the JNF acknowledges that there is a great deal of "professional pride in the project. We are helping in any way we can."
The reports on the project mention such names as Hirui Amara, who heads a JNF greenhouse at the, and Suhil Zaydan, one of the JNF's forestry managers. At the recent Zionist Congress an Israeli Arab was nominated to the KKL (Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael or JNF) General Assembly. Why is JNF, or KKL, hiring and working with Arabs when so many Jews are jobless? Wouldn't some of the expelled farmers from Gush Katif be people who would be expert in working with the land, and keeping it in Jewish hands?
Maaleh Adumim Mayor Benny Kashriel, a member of the JNF board, describes the situation as something that has gone "haywire." He continues, "The country has gone crazy when it plants trees for the PA inat the same time that it forbids Jews to build. The system does not know who it is representing – us, the PA, or the Americans."
Diaspora Jews are urged to call JNF headquarters in NYC – Russell Robinson, or VP of Israel Relations Isaac Blachor. Tell them you will no longer contribute to JNF because of their scandalous behavior. Write letters to your local papers about the situation. Spread the information.to voice their indignation about the disgraceful betrayal of the JNF mandate. Ask for CEO
Those who are interested in getting more information about the issue are invited to contact Arieh King at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 972-2-622-3195. He will be happy to answer your questions and present you with the proof of his investigations into JNF abuses.