PayPal Shuts Down BDS Group With Terrorist Links

Friday, May 17, 2019 |  David Lazarus

PayPal, the world’s largest online payment platform, has finally joined other online payment services in closing down access to the BDS group Samidoun, a fund-raising front for the terrorist organization the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

PFLP is a designated terrorist group in Europe and the United States. The BDS-affiliate Samidoun together with the PFLP have been raising monies for years to promote campaigns that support and glorify terrorists, and it is about time PayPal stopped them from collecting huge amounts of money in the service of terrorism.

In May 2018, during the violence on the Gaza border, Samidoun urged its supporters to “take to the streets. Silence is unacceptable in the face of massacres, colonization and complicity. The Palestinians whose lives were taken today and the thousands more wounded must be honored with struggle and commitment to the liberation of all of Palestine and its people, from the river to the sea, the dismantling of Zionist colonialism, and the return of the Palestinian refugees,” their promotion said.

Samidoun does not publish financial information and is not registered as an official legal entity, though its headquarters are based in the US, according to NGO Monitor, a globally recognized institute promoting good governance. It is unfathomable how PayPal was allowing its important financial services to this BDS terror group in the first place.

Many of Samidoun’s activists are also members and leaders of pro-BDS organizations in the US. Khaled Barakat, coordinator of Samidoun, is also a member of the Al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition, an organization that supports BDS. On November 22, 2017, the PFLP published an article by Barakat calling for “armed resistance in all its forms, and in expanding the boycott and isolation of the Zionist entity...and struggle against normalization...with the Zionist enemy.”

Charlotte Kates, co-manager of Samidoun, is a member of the “Organizing Collective” of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and was previously an activist with New Jersey Solidarity Activists for the Liberation of Palestine, an organization that calls for the destruction of Israel.

Joe Catron is the US Coordinator of Samidoun, whose current Facebook profile shows him together with Leila Khaled, the first woman airplane hijacker and known PFLP terrorist.

The BDS Samidoun group has been involved in calling for the release of convicted Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh, who was responsible for the murder of two students in a bombing in Jerusalem.

In response to the shutdown, Samidoun criticized PayPal calling the company a “pro-apartheid agency” (apparently in reference to Israel).

Just in: Germany's Bundestag is expected to adopt on Friday a motion defining the BDS movement as anti-Semitic, Haaretz reported. If approved, this would be the first time a major European parliament defines BDS as anti-Semitic. Chancellor Angela Merkel's party is calling on the German government to end funding for groups that “question Israel's right to exist” and recognizes that in order to combat anti-Semitism, Germany must absolutely condemn calls to boycott Israel.

PHOTO: Miriam Alster/Flash 90

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