BDS International donation account frozen for suspected ties to terrorism

December 21, 2018 08:38
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The Ramallah-based BDS International Committee had its online donation account frozen on suspicion of ties to terrorism, according to a Ministry of Strategic Affairs report on Friday.

The American funding platform, DonorBox, which serves as the umbrella organization of the Palestinian Boycott Coalition, announced that it is freezing the accounts of the BDS National Committee (BNC), which operates from Ramallah and is headed by an Israeli resident Omar Barghouti.DonorBox made its decision after receiving  information provided by the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs that the organization does not meet the company's conditions since it is affiliated with declared terrorist organizations in the United States. Additionally, it misleads donors by falsely claiming that it is a US-based charitable organization

"This is a significant achievement in the struggle against the Palestinian boycott organizations that in reality, are driving all the BDS organizations of the world," said Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan. "We have been working to undermine the financial infrastructure of the boycott organizations and I believe that we achieved a significant step."

The legal activity of the Shurat Hadin organization was also crucial in DonorBox's decision to freeze the accounts. The president of Shurat Hadin, Nitzana Darshan Leitner said on Friday, " Money is oxygen to terrorism, and it must be strangled by any means. We hope that our action against Donorbox will send a clear warning to all online fundraising platforms on the Internet and will ensure that these funds are not used to finance terrorism. "

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