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New 'JNF' to Help Jews Rebuild Destroyed Homes

Alternative JNF? Fund, based on nickels and dimes - and more - of contributors worldwide will help Jews rebuild homes destroyed by security forces.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 12/7/2009, 11:27 AM

Israelity.com

An alternative Jewish National Fund? Land of Israel supporters seek to establish a fund, based on nickels and dimes - and more - of contributors around the world, to ensure that Jews whose homes are destroyed by security forces be able to build another one.

The fund is to be specifically for homes in Judea and Samaria, and will allow young families to invest their savings confidently, knowing that even if their home is deemed illegal or in violation of the construction freeze, they will be able to rebuild.

“This fund has an important place and function specifically at these times,” says MK Prof. Michael Ben-Ari (National Union party) one of the organizers of the initiative. “Precisely when a hand is raised to chop down the glorious settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria, Jews in Israel and around the world will arise to perpetuate the Zionist enterprise with large and small contributions in every home and in every town.”

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) had many tens of thousands of little blue collection boxes (pushkes) placed in Jewish homes in 40 countries around the world in which was placed small change that enabled the purchase of parts of the Land of Israel for the Jewish People.

“The Jewish People will not allow a meek, degraded government to destroy the hopes of generations,” Ben-Ari said.

Some ten days ago, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his mini-security/diplomatic cabinet decided on a 10-month construction freeze in all Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria.

The organizers of the new fund say there has already been broad interest in the new idea, and several people have expressed interest in donating “not insignificant” amounts to those who wish to build in Judea and Samaria. For more information, send email to rebuild.ey@gmail.com.