Israel has inadvertently carried out a two-year economic campaign against organizations that want to boycott the Jewish state, writes the Times of Israel. Israel’s campaign has revealed the organizations’ links to terrorist groups, which has led to the closure of dozens of fundraising accounts, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs said on Monday.
The campaign targeted fundraising accounts with groups that would promote the Boycott, Divestement and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, which hosted platforms such as PayPal and DonorBox.
Under the leadership of the Minister, pro-Israel activists warned the platforms of violations of their provisions banning fundraising activities linked to terrorist activities.
The campaign resulted in the closure of 10 accounts based in the United States and 20 in Europe, the ministry said.
Pro-Israel activists involved in the campaign included legal NGOs, Jewish groups based in the United States and France, as well as journalists based outside of Israel, Channel 13 reported.
“For years, boycott activists have disguised themselves as ‘human rights activists’, managing to raise millions of Euros from Western countries and citizens who believed they were helping to support justice and equality. Over time, we have revealed that they presumed “human rights NGOs were in fact anti-Semitic operations with close ties to terrorist groups whose goal is to destroy the state of Israel,” the Minister of Strategic Affairs, Gilad Erdan, said in a statement.
“Our campaign has led to countries and financial institutions distancing themselves from the organizations. Our efforts have undermined the boycott campaign, which has meant that it no longer has the same economy to operate and that it is excluded from receiving financial aid, “says Erdan.
Three accounts affiliated with Samidoun’s international network of activists were recently closed after the International Legal Forum revealed Samidoun’s ties to the terrorist group, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), the ministry said.
The Ramallah-based BDS National Committee had its crowdfunding account on DonorBox shut down after nonprofit Shurat Hadin revealed links to terrorist groups, the PFLP, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Group leader Salah Khawaja was jailed for several years for terrorism charges, the ministry added.
Al-Haq – A pro-BDS group had its credit card accounts closed due to a connection to the PFLP. The head of the organization, Shawan Jabarin, was a senior member of the PFLP. He has also been in prison for two years for terrorist activity.
The Interpal organization’s MyDonate crowdfunding account and several credit card accounts were closed due to their ties to Hamas.
The statement comes after the ministry released a report earlier this year in which several Western-backed Palestinian NGOs have maintained close ties with current and former terrorists. Some of the terrorists are now fighting Israel through non-violent means.
In the 79-page report, entitled “Terrorists in Suits”, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs points to several high-profile Palestinian activists who were former or current members of Hamas or the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). p>
The ministry said in a February report that it had found more than 100 “links” between terrorist groups and organizations promoting a boycott of Israel, “including the employment of 30 current and former terrorist operatives..”
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