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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 01:48 PM
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Seeing the forest and the trees: The untold story of the Jewish National Fund
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Edited on Fri Dec-09-11 01:49 PM by Jefferson23
Revelations from JNF minutes: billions of shekels hoarded in its coffers, millions wasted on legal conflicts, trees planted on disputed land. Not to mention the fate of Holocaust victims assets.

By Uri Blau

A Jew purchased an apartment in Carmiel, on Jewish National Fund land. No problem. Twenty years go by and Mohammed who lives in Dir al-Assad ... comes to buy an apartment.

This may sound like the some sort of ethnic joke, but thats how JNF world chairman, Effie Stenzler, a member of the Labor Party, chose to speak recently before the members of his board.

"The Jews sells him the apartment for a tidy sum, Stenzler continues. He goes to the Israel Lands Administration and says, Im Mohammed. I want you to register this apartment in the Tabu in my name. They say to him, Wait a minute youre an Arab, we cant do that because its written that JNF doesnt sell to Arabs, doesnt lease to Arabs. And then there was the trick that worked until 2004, and according to this trick the ILA, without telling anyone ... took land registered in the name of JNF, transferred it to another building and then registered that building in JNFs name ... But then an Arab came to that building and then they had to do it again ...
The tale of Mohammed and the Apartment is quoted from the minutes of the JNF board meeting in July. The organization claims that the quote is part of a description of a very complicated bureaucratic problem created by the ILA in regard to the registration of apartments. After discussions with the attorney general and the court, the solution to the problem was found and JNF has been acting accordingly.

Thus, JNF transfers to the ILA property on which there are buildings where Arabs have purchased apartments, and receive other land in return. Specifically, the records of that July meeting show that each year, three or four such property exchanges are carried out, and that some 25 have been made since the arrangement was formulated in 2008.

in full: http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/magazine/seeing-the-forest-and-the-trees-the-untold-story-of-the-jewish-national-fund-1.400530

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