If you can't see this newsletter properly, view this email in your browser 
#RegisterMyDissent! Send Emails to KKL-JNF Board
#RegisterMyDissent! Sign a Petition to my KKL-JNF Representative
25 August 2021

Dear Friends,

Next week, the Board of Directors of the KKL-JNF (Keren Kayemet L’Israel / Jewish National Fund) will convene to discuss and approve a budget of 100 million shekels to undertake registration procedures of enormous areas of land it has supposedly acquired on both sides of the Green Line. While believed by the board to be necessary for “good governance”, this transfer of land rights is a harbinger of thousands of potential eviction lawsuits against Palestinians currently living on the areas in question.

About the Process

KKL-JNF documents reveal that these lands include at least 2,500 dunams (2.5 sq. km / nearly 1 sq mile) in East Jerusalem said to have been purchased before 1948. The lands allegedly purchased before 1948 are under the auspices of Israeli General Custodian, and the KKL-JNF can claim them based on the discriminatory 1970 legislation that allows for the acquisition of property in East Jerusalem – now mostly inhabited by Palestinians - based on the claim of alleged Jewish ownership prior to 1948. There is no parallel legal measure for Palestinians who lost land on the Israeli side of the Green Line in the same war. This is the same legislation that is the basis for eviction demands currently underway against Palestinian communities in Sheikh Jarrah, Batan al-Hawa (Silwan), families in the Old City, and other parts of East Jerusalem.

Once the lands are claimed from the General Custodian, KKL-JNF intends to use the land settlement and registration process in order to register the lands to its ownership. When completed, the registration process finalizes ownership rights and is perceived as conclusive and nearly irrefutable evidence for ownership; therefore, once the registration has reached its final stage, there is almost no room to appeal ownership. In past years, KKL-JNF was involved in eviction demands against Palestinian families living in homes KKL-JNF claims to own. This was sometimes carried out in collusion with settler organizations like ELAD, such as in the case of the Sumarin family in Silwan that is currently before the courts. 

The Implications

The decision to suddenly transfer this land to the KKL-JNF, which was initiated by a high-ranking individual within the General Custodian who is known to be active in settler projects, follows Ir Amim’s uncovering of a series of alarming Israeli decisions that aim to misuse land registration mechanisms in East Jerusalem for registering sizable areas of land to Israeli authorities or settlers on behalf of settler organizations. These moves are being conducted without proper disclosure or publication, therefore preventing Palestinians from challenging and protecting their property rights.

75 Palestinian families on an area of 35 dunams are currently under threat of eviction from ownership lawsuits levelled by settler organizations in Sheikh Jarrah.

85 families on an area of 5 dunams face a similar threat in Batan al-Hawa, Silwan.

Transferring 2,500 dunams of land from the General Custodian to the KKL-JNF will lay the groundwork for potentially thousands of more eviction demands.

What You Can Do

Ir Amim, Peace Now, Rabbis for Human Rights, and Torat Tzedek have been in contact with members of the board to shed light on the expected consequences of this decision.

We need your help to show them the importance of their vote.

Join us in calling on members of JNF-KKL’s Board of Directors to #RegisterMyDissent and vote against this land registration process that would put thousands of Palestinian families at risk of eviction.

With one click, you can join thousands of others in sending a pre-written email to members of the KKL-JNF Board and let them know the importance of their vote. 
#RegisterMyDissent! Send Emails to KKL-JNF Board
Are you a member of a synagogue or Jewish organization? Did you go to Jewish summer camp or gap year program? Were you a member of a Jewish youth group or leadership team? Check here to see if you are represented on the KKL-JNF Board and sign our petition to be sent to your representative!
#RegisterMyDissent! Sign a Petition to my KKL-JNF Representative
In Solidarity,
Ir Amim Staff
Donate Today
**Your generous donation is tax-deductible in the US & Canada** 
Want to learn more about Ir Amim's work? Watch our virtual discussions below:
Follow us online:
Share Share
Tweet Tweet
Forward Forward
Copyright © 2021 Ir Amim, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp