Stop The JNF, Stop Harper

30 Oct

Sunday, December 1, 2013 4:00pm, Olympic Patk Toronto

STEPHEN HARPER IS COMING TO TORONTO!

Why: The Jewish National Fund (JNF), Toronto, is “paying tribute” to Harper at their annual “Negev Gala.”

RESIST settler colonialism from Turtle Island to Palestine.

RESIST environmental racism from the Tar Sands in Alberta to the uprooting of trees all over Palestine, to the theft of water and extraction of resources all over the world.

RESIST militarization.

PROTEST racism, apartheid, poverty, police violence, deportations and the detention of immigrants and migrant workers, the criminalization of people with AIDS, the over 600 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, violent round ups and false imprisonment of Indigenous peoples and People of Colour, sexism and violence against women, homo- and transphobia, targeting for bullying, and the abuse and neglect of all marginalized peoples including children.

SUPPORT Indigenous peoples, Bedouin and Palestinian peoples, the homeless and the stateless, refugees, immigrants, and migrant workers everywhere.

STOP HARPER! STOP THE JNF!

Organized by Stop the JNF (Canada), Independent Jewish Voices (Canada), others in the Palestine Solidarity Movement, and allies.

For more information, email canada@stopthejnf.org or ijv-toronto@ijvcanada.org

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.”

For more on the JNF see:
http://www.stopthejnf.org and http://ijvcanada.org/campaign/the-jewish-national-fund-jn

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