מאמר - KEREN KAYEMET LE-ISRAEL (J.N.F.)
KEREN KAYEMET LE-ISRAEL (J.N.F.)
The Jewish National Fund (J.N.F.), Keren Kayemet le-Israel in Hebrew, was founded in 1901 by the Zionist Organization to purchase land and promote settlement in Palestine by Jews. Between 1904 and 1948, the J.N.F. purchased over 250,000 acres of land for Jewish settlement. After the founding of Israel, the organization turned to work on immigrant absorption and land reclamation and improvement. Since then it has established many forests and recreation areas, and has become active in seeking solutions to Israel's chronic water shortages. It has also become a leading employer of new immigrants from Russian and Ethiopia in the 1990s.
The three stamps issued in 1951 in honor of the J.N.F.'s jubilee depict a tractor and a Jewish settlement (tab inscription: "Zion"); a tree with 50 leaves (tab inscription: "Zion"); and a plough and horses with the first J.N.F. stamp in the background (tab inscription: " … the land shall not be sold for ever … " Leviticus 25: 23).