Democracy in Israel

One of the key examples brought to question the integrity of Israeli democracy is the JNF’s policy of only selling (or leasing) land to Jews. The JNF owns approximately 13% of Israeli land, upon which about 70% of the Israeli population resides.

Well, this policy might be changing. YNet reports:

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) told the High Court on Monday that it was willing to reverse its practice of selling land to Jews only, on the condition it is compensated for land sold to non-Jews.

The decision comes in response to a petition against the JNF over its refusal to sell its lands to Arabs. The petition was filed in 2004 by a group of Arab Israeli citizens who were forbidden from bidding for land in the north put up for sale by the JNF.

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