Current clashes around the JNF’s work in the Negev cannot be understood outside the historical context of afforestation in Israel and its hidden objective: taking over land. Ever since the country’s inception, afforestation has been used as a way of gaining control of land and securing land reserves for Jewish settlement. A 1987 JNF plan entitled “Afforestation to Preserve State Land” perfectly illustrates this practice.

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Afforestation Plan for 1987/8,
January 19, 1987

Letter from the JNF Central District Forestry Manager,
June 29, 1987