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Palestinian activists are calling on British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to disassociate himself from the Jewish National Fund.

In a letter to Brown, the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign demanded that he resign as a patron of the Jewish National Fund-U.K. The group said JNF’s discriminatory practice of not selling land to Arabs was a blight on the prime minister’s reputation.

Brown became a JNF-U.K. patron shortly after his election last June. The activist group appears to be capitalizing on the fact that Brown is running poorly in political polls.

It also will ask the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator to review whether the JNF’s Scottish branch violates the country’s charitable laws.

Other JNF-U.K. patrons include former Prime Minister Tony Blair, opposition leader David Cameron and Jonathan Sacks, the chief rabbi of Britain.

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