By: Sara Kershnar, Mich Levy, and Jesse Benjamin | International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
The goal of this JNF eBook is to show how Israeli settler colonialism and apartheid are served by and depend on the environmental racism and destructiveness of the Jewish National Fund (JNF). The struggle for home, land and justice by Palestinians is understood as inherently connected to struggles around the world against historic and contemporary forms of colonialism and racism, against militarism and war, and against foreign interventions, including in Southwest Asia/North Africa. Understanding the environmental racism practiced by the JNF also helps us to see how the Palestinian struggle is integral to movements for environmental justice and ecological sanity.
The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) is honored to publish this volume of the JNF eBook as we embark with other organizations on an internationally coordinated campaign to Stop the JNF.
Publishing on the JNF, Israel and environmental racism is fitting work for IJAN as an international network of Jews who concentrate on the Palestinians’ struggle as part of our uncompromising commitment to the interdependent struggles for human emancipation. Our commitment is to the dismantling of Israeli apartheid, the Palestinian refugees’ right to return, and the ending of Israel’s colonization of historic Palestine.
Toward these ends, IJAN coordinates, urges and supports Jewish participation in local and international efforts to challenge Zionism, Islamophobia and other racism, separatism and militarism, and works towards a society premised on the economic, political, social, cultural and environmental rights of all people, beginning with those whose rights are most violated.
For IJAN, there cannot be ‘two sides’ to a ‘Palestinian-Israeli conflict’ that assumes each party is an aggressor actively violating the rights and safety of the other. Rather, we see what is obvious: Palestine is occupied and colonized. We oppose that occupation and colonization as we oppose any occupation and colonization.
Because Zionist institutions, including the JNF, propagate that myth that all Jews are Zionists, unless we pronounce otherwise, we lend legitimacy to their endeavors by the mere fact of our Jewish identities. They offer our Jewish histories of struggle for survival as justification for institutionalized Jewish power over others. It is, in part, to defend these legacies of struggle that our Palestine solidarity work – and social justice work more broadly – includes a challenge to Zionist institutions, to the ideological foundations on which they are built, and to the very real impact they have on people’s daily lives and futures.
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