Join RoR next Sunday, December 1st, and we march to against Stephen Harper and the JNF
STOP HARPER! RALLY AND MARCH
When: 4 PM Sunday December 1st, 2013
Where: Olympic Park, 222 Bremner Blvd. [south side of Metro Toronto Convention Centre]
Why: The Jewish National Fund (JNF), Toronto, is “paying tribute” to Harper at their annual “Negev Gala.”
Why we need to Stop Harper:
Stephen Harper has led successive governments that put profits and ideology above the environment, indigenous sovereignty, immigrant and migrant workers’ rights, has cut social assistance programs,
slashed healthcare for refugees, diminished funding to the arts, scaled back women’s rights, shut down research programs, and the list goes on. The Harper government has stripped certain organizations of their charitable status, such as Physicians for Global Survival and the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy, Canada (IRFAN, Canada). And yet the Jewish National Fund (JNF) has charitable status in Canada.
What is the JNF?
Founded in 1901 at the fifth World Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, the JNF is a quasi-governmental organization. Its primary function then as now is to acquire and secure land for use by Jews only, in Palestine and what is now Israel. The JNF is not only implicated in al-Nakba (the Catastrophe) of 1948, but is a vital part of the ongoing ethnic cleansing and colonisation of historic Palestine. Painting itself as “green,” the JNF perpetrates environmental racism and degradation, and land theft.
Currently, the JNF is actively involved in the colonisation of the Naqab (Negev). Between 30,000 and 70,000 indigenous Arab Bedouin, who are citizens of Israel, will be forcibly removed from their ancestral lands and transferred into “townships.” Up to 35 Bedouin villages will be destroyed. This will be the largest mass expulsion of Palestinians since 1967. Suhad Bishara of Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, sees this as a “second Nakba.”