Jewish National Fund to allow land sales to non-Jews for limited time

September 24, 2007 09:47

The Jewish National Fund has agreed to sell land in Israel to non-Jews for a limited time, the organization announced on Monday morning, ahead of a High Court discussion on three petitions calling on the Israel Lands Administration (ILA) to stop restricting public tenders for JNF land to Jews. The JNF announcement was part of the state's response to the High Court petitions. The state and the JNF had reached an agreement according to which the government would "reimburse" the organization for land it sold to non-Jews, by providing it with an equal amount of state land. According to the JNF's response to the High Court of Justice, this policy will be in effect for the three months it will take to draft a final land-swap deal with the state. The decision followed the adoption of a former ruling by Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz, who said the ILA must uphold the principle of equality in allocating land.

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