Is this a sign of bad things to come from Britain? Or is it truly, as Cameron’s office states, simply a matter of not having enough time?
David Cameron has stepped down from being a patron of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and pro-Palestinian activists are claiming credit for this move. Strangely, previous British Prime Ministers did manage to find the time for their assorted charitable activities – including patronage of the JNF – as well as running the country.
David Cameron has stepped down as a patron of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) in a move pro-Palestinian campaigners claim is a result of pressure but which Downing Street insists is part of a general review of the prime minister’s charity connections.
The JNF was only one of a number of charities from which Cameron stepped down, said Downing St. His predecessors Gordon Brown and Tony Blair continued to be JNF patrons throughout their tenure.
The JNF UK has declined to say why Cameron left the JNF, the Jewish Chronicle reports.
JNF UK has declined to say why Prime Minister David Cameron’s name has disappeared from its list of honorary patrons.
Twelve days ago the pro-Palestinian Stop the JNF campaign wrote to Mr Cameron, reiterating a previous request for him to withdraw as patron of the charity.
Mortaza Sahibzada, of Stop the JNF, said: “His name has been taken off the list and that is significant. Someone has decided to take it off and I doubt whether it was JNF.” Mr Cameron became an honorary patron of JNF five years ago, whose other patrons still include Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
We do know that a virulent “Stop the JNF” campaign was recently launched, which may have had something to do with Cameron’s resignation.
A campaign which calls the JNF “racist” and “colonialist” has been revived this week.
Stop The JNF was relaunched on “Palestinian Land Day” as part of a day of action organised by the BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions movement -Ed.] movement to commemorate the deaths of six Palestinian activists during marches in 1976. The group hopes to get the charitable status of JNF revoked, a tactic already rejected by the Charity Commission.
Perfidious Albion once again? Or simply a time management problem? You decide.