JNF responds to Duncan Shipley-Smith’s letter re the eviction of the Sumarin family 24Nov11 November 24, 2011

JNF has been the topic of a recent petition put out by Rabbis for Human Rights. In a world in which everyone is tearing each other apart it would have been nice to show a little civility and menschlichkeit, by handling their concerns in a different way.

KKL-JNF leased the land to Elad in the early ‘90’s. The reason for leasing the land was because of the ongoing City of  David excavations that began in the aftermath of the ’67 war.

KKL-JNF has no rights, control or responsibility in this issue at all. This would be as if we leased the land to someone who built a shopping center and one of the storeowners didn’t pay rent to the developer. It is strictly between the Sumarins and Elad, not KKL-JNF. Elad, as the one who has full legal rights over the entire area, has exercised the due process of the legal system of  Israel .

Jodi Bodner
Executive Director of Communications
Jewish National Fund
42 E. 69th St.
New York, NY  10021
212-879-9305 ext. 221
<mailto:jbodner@jnf.org> jbodner@jnf.org

Russell F. Robinson
Jewish National Fund
212 879-9301

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