Britains Gordon Brown becomes patron of Zionist agency
By Redress Information & Analysis
28 July 2007
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has agreed to become patron of the UK arm of the Jewish National Fund, whose funds have contributed to Israeli ethnic cleansing, the destruction of Palestinian villages and the expropriation of Palestinian land, and whose constitution requires it to promote and implement policies that discriminate against Israels Arab population.
Gordon Brown has crossed a new threshold on the path to becoming a fully-fledged Zionist.
According to a report in the Jewish Chronicle (27/07/2007), Gordon Brown has agreed to become a patron of the British arm of the Jewish National Fund (JNF UK) following an invitation from JNF UK President Gail Seal, who wrote conveying her good wishes the day after he took office.
In a letter to Gail Seal, Gordon Brown said that he was delighted to accept your offer to become a patron of JNF UK. A spokesman for Brown confirmed that the British prime minister had agreed to become a patron of JNF UK, and that he had done so in order to encourage their work to promote charitable projects for everyone who lives in Israel.
In fact, far from being a charity that benefits everyone who lives in Israel, the JNF is a principal tool of Israel's discriminatory system of land administration. Founded in 1901 to help establish a Jews-only state in the Arab country of Palestine, the JNFs constitution requires it to benefit Jews exclusively. It therefore promotes and implements policies that discriminate against the Arab population of Israel.
The JNF is also guilty of ethnic cleansing, the destruction of Palestinian villages and the expropriation of Palestinian land. According to PalestineRemembered.com, in its operation in Israel, the JNF has
expropriated illegally most of the land of 372 Palestinian villages which had been ethnically cleansed by Zionist forces in 1948. The owners of this land are over half the UN-registered Palestinian refugees. The JNF had actively participated in the physical destruction of many villages, in evacuating these villages of their inhabitants and in military operations to conquer these villages. Today, the JNF controls over 2500 sq. km of Palestinian land which it leases to Jews only. It also planted 100 parks on Palestinian land.
In addition, the JNF has a long record of discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel as reported by the UN. The JNF also extends its operations by proxy or directly to the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza. All this is in clear violation of international law and particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention, which forbids the confiscation of property and settling the occupiers' citizens in occupied territories. Ethnic cleansing, expropriation of property and destruction of houses are war crimes. As well, use of tax-exempt donations in these activities violates the domestic law in many countries where JNF is domiciled.
Since becoming prime minister at the end of June 2007, Gordon Brown has appointed several Israel apologists to key positions in the British government. He has also been at pain to stress his Christian Zionist credentials.
As patron of JNF UK, Gordon Brown will join a club that includes prominent British politicians and religious figures who, on the one hand, speak of the need for peace and justice in the Middle East while, on the other, promote and defend the racist Jews-only state of Israel. They include Tony Blair, Conservative leader David Cameron and Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who is said to be a close friend of Brown.
Brown takes on JNF role
By Daniella Peled
The Jewish Chronicle, 27/07/2007
JNF UK, one of Anglo-Jewrys leading charities, has secured Gordon Brown as its latest patron, the JC can reveal.
The Prime Minister accepted the role following an invitation from JNF UK president Gail Seal, who wrote conveying her good wishes the day after he took office.
In a letter to Mrs Seal, the PM responded that your congratulations and good wishes are very much appreciated and that he was delighted to accept your offer to become a patron of JNF UK.
A spokesman for Mr Brown told the JC: The Prime Minister supports a number of charities and has agreed to become a patron of the Jewish National Fund UK in order to encourage their work to promote charitable projects for everyone who lives in Israel.
Mrs Seal said she was very proud that Gordon Brown has agreed to become patron of JNF UK. This will enhance what is already a close relationship with the UK Jewish community, and help us progress in our tremendously successful campaign to bring new communities to the Negev.
The PM joins other JNF UK patrons including Tony Blair, the Conservative leader, David Cameron, as well as Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, who is said to be a close friend of Mr Brown.
JNF UK raises £15 million a year, intended to promote exclusively charitable projects in Israel. Its fundraising events range from London-Israel plane rallies to the Green Sunday telethon.
The charity has faced its share of controversy. Currently, it risks being dragged into a storm surrounding a proposed Israeli law which would restrict the sale of JNF-owned land to non-Jews. The bill passed its preliminary reading in the Knesset last week.
In October 2005, Keren Kayemeth LYisrael-JNF parted ways from JNF UK in an acrimonious split which led to a High Court battle. The two sides have since been conducting a process of mediation to prevent a return to court.
In March, the Charity Commission dismissed allegations of irregularities at JNF UKs head office after a former patron, David Lewis, pressed it to investigate a 100-page dossier of concerns.
Founded in 1901, the JNF (known as KKL in Israel) was the tool for buying up land in pre-state Israel. Current projects focus on developing the Galil and Negev regions.
Mr Brown has long been known for his support of Israel.
In a speech to Labour Friends of Israel in April, he recounted how his late father, a Church of Scotland minister, had taught him about the trials and tribulations of the Jewish people, about the enormous suffering and loss during the Holocaust, as well as the extraordinary struggle he described to me of people to create this magnificent homeland.
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Gordon Brown in deep conversation with his Jewish backer Jon Mendelsohn.
Please notice the Star of David in the background of the two.