Palestinians protest Canada's relationship with JNF
Palestinians held a vigil outside the Canadian representative offices in Ramallah on Monday, 21 February, protesting Canada's ongoing relationship with the Jewish National Fund (JNF). The protesters urged the Canadian government to break ties with the Israeli land institution, which has been a driving force behind the continued expulsion of Palestinians from their lands since 1948.
Ma'an News Agency reported that the demonstration included members of families exiled from villages in the Latrun area near Jerusalem, which were ethnically cleansed in 1967 by the Israeli army at the onset of its military occupation of the West Bank. The JNF, which has charitable status in Canada, built Canada Park on the villages' lands ("Latrun villagers protest Canada-Jewish National Fund relations," 21 February 2011).
The protests were organized by the Palestinian Committee for the Defense of the Rights of the Latrun Villages. Israeli and international solidarity activists held a similar vigil outside the Canadian embassy building in Tel Aviv, Ma'an added.
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