LONDON – Jewish National Fund UK has reported a surge in donations for its Rosh
Hashana appeal after its Facebook page was targeted by anti-Israel
Last month, the charity launched its annual appeal – which
focuses this year on raising funds to help improve the lives of underprivileged
young people in the southern city of Kiryat Gat. After the launch, a steady flow
of remarks attacking the charity were posted to the JNF UK’s Facebook page,
including many demonizing Israel using language used by extremist anti-Israel
activists. Expletives and racist comments were also posted.
said the remarks were removed immediately and reported, and it called on people
to support the campaign in response to the attack.
This week, the charity
said in the weeks following Rosh Hashana it saw a huge rise in donations, with
many people citing the attack as the reason for their donations.
extremely unfortunate that a small group of anti-Israel activists used our
campaign, which supports the children of Kiryat Gat, as a platform to further
their political agendas and extremist views,” said Matan Toledano, chief
executive of JNF UK. “We thank all our supporters for their generosity, in the
end bigotry and intolerance lost and young people in Kiryat Gat benefited.”
The appeal is raising funds to transform an old sports
facility in Kiryat Gat into a center for the town’s youth, whose opportunities
are limited by their social circumstances and by a lack of
The youth club will be a place where they can socialize after
school and enjoy an array of activities including sports, art, music and martial
arts. They will also receive a nutritious meal and be able to get help and
encouragement with their school work.