Petition to Stop the Jewish National Fund (JNF) from receiving charitable tax exemption for discrimination.

To: Internal Revenue Service
Re: Investigating the charity status of the Jewish National Fund, Inc. (the JNF)

The JNF is an organization that receives tax-exception as both a charitable and an environmental organization. In reality, however, the JNF is neither a charitable nor an environmental organization and therefore does not qualify for tax-exempt status. The JNF was created in 1901 to acquire Palestinian land for exclusively Jewish settlement and use. This mandate alone warrants the revocation of the JNF’s tax-exempt status because it forms the basis for the JNF's current-day discriminatory and racially motivated land-use restrictions that undermine the human and civil rights of indigenous Palestinians.

Today, the JNF in the United States is participating in the forced displacement of 30,000 Bedouin Palestinians, and isolation of another 40,000, from their land in the south of State of Israel, al-Naqab or Negev. The JNF U.S. is then investing $600 million to develop housing tracts and to landscape over Bedouin villages and land, for Jewish-only settlements.

Therefore, on grounds that the JNF is part of the forced displacement of indigenous people from their lands and property to build discriminatory housing, parks and facilities for “Jewish-only” use, we call on the IRS to investigate and ultimately revoke the charitable status of the JNF on grounds that its activities are discriminatory and illegal.

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