Israel high court ordered land fund to end religious discrimination

On September 24, 2007, the Supreme Court of Israel ordered the Jewish National Fund (JNF) to end its policy of selling land only to Jewish people, ruling that the JNF's mandate to provide land for Jewish resettlement could not deny equal rights to non-Jewish Israelis. The high court also accepted a temporary arrangement in which the JNF would allow non-Jewish people to purchase property if the Israel Land Administration reimbursed the JNF with an equal amount of land. The high court gave the JNF three months to establish a permanent arrangement to comply with the decision. The JNF, which then owned approximately 13 percent of all Israeli land, was founded in 1901 to acquire and develop land for Jewish resettlement. Critics of the JNF have said that the fund became unnecessary following Israel's statehood in 1948, while supporters have said that the JNF is necessary to ensure that Israel remains a predominately Jewish state.


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