" Thou comest to me with a sword and a spear and a shield, but I come to thee in the name of the L-rd of Hosts, the G-d of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast humiliated..." (I Samuel, 17:45-47)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Another Winning Moment For The JNF

The JNF has a history of doing stupid things. Granted they know how to plant trees. But they understand nothing about ecology. Here's an example: the JNF has the astounding chutzpah of taking credit for both the dredging (ruining) of the Hula Valley, as well as their subsequent pathetic attempts at partial rehabilitation (when the foolishness of their decision became apparent years later.) They have no interest in preserving Israel's ecosystems. They'd rather plant 100 pistachio forests and name it after Sol Greenberg.

Their position vis-a-vis the the Negev is right out of Ben-Gurion's play book. "Kill the desert before it kills us." Of course they can't say it outright or they'll alienate the tree-worshipers of Sde Boker who like to believe that Ben-Gurion was the John Muir of the Negev. These days, the primary JNF project is the deliberate destruction of Israel's last frontier. All in the name of environmentalism. You can say goodbye to the remaining leopards. The wolves and hyenas will be the next indigenous species of fauna that will disappear.

So they are incompetent at doing what they should be doing. Protecting and enhancing Israel's ecology. Unfortunately, environmental incompetence and irresponsibility are the least of their faults. The JNF is a left wing organization. Read their statement on "working with the Bedouin community." The typical liberal obsession with taming the natives. Another winning moment for the JNF. Several years ago the JNF wanted to plant a papal forest in honor of the previous pope's visit. For all I know somewhere out there in the Galilee is the Pope John Paul II Pistachio Wilderness.

That was just the appetizer. Now we hear that the JNF wants to plant 3000 trees for the butchers of the PLO, or the "PA" as the left likes to call that organization of Jew-killing barbarians. This is an all-time low from a supposedly non-political organization. This is where your coins are going. Thirty years ago even the most die-hard leftist would've called you crazy if you painted this picture.

First the leftists give the PLO legitimacy by accepting the lie of a "palestinian (myths don't get capitalized ) people". Then the judenrats in government gave them autonomy followed by the autonomy of having guns to shoot at Jewish heads. And now the JNF is giving them forests and gardens. Green infrastructure, if you will, to change the facts on the ground.

Jews are nursed on nonsense and nostalgic myths. For the older generations, the JNF conjures up images of the fledgling state and the excitement of their youthful activism. Some Jews may find this latest JNF project (if indeed it goes through) a bit perplexing. Many leftists will applaud this insanity. This is merely an extension of a secular and vapid Zionism. When the benighted leftist no longer believe in his own claim to the land, he plants forests for the enemy.

The Yasser Arafat Forest. How's that for nauseating irony? Do you still feel like putting a shekel in the little blue pushka?

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