Israel shut down at least 30 Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) accounts masquerading as humanitarian aid funds after its Strategic Affairs Ministry discovered their ties to Islamic terrorist organizations.
One-third (10) of the allegedly terrorist-fundraising accounts held by the anti-Israel BDS movement – which rallies opposition to businesses and financial institutions in the Jewish State – are reportedly in the United States, while the remaining 20 are based in Europe.
“For years, boycott promoters have disguised themselves as ‘human rights activists,’ managing to raise tens of millions of euros from Western countries and citizens who thought they were contributing to causes supporting justice and equality,” Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan revealed in a statement, according to CBN News. “Over time though, we have revealed that the supposed ‘human rights’ NGOs are, in reality, filled with anti-Semitic operatives with deep ties to terrorist groups fixated on destroying the State of Israel.”
After being detected and exposed, the funds are no longer being collected to inflict violence and destruction on Israel.
“As a result of our actions, countries and financial institutions are now distancing themselves from these organizations,” Erdan proclaimed.
Curbing covert terrorist funding
It is asserted that Hamas – the Islamic terrorist group that co-leads the Palestinian government with Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority (P.A.) – has a heavy hand in the financial planning geared toward Israel’s destruction.
“The Ramallah-based BDS National Committee’s crowdfunding account on DonorBox was shut down after its connections to Hamas were revealed,” CBN News reported.“The Interpal organization’s MyDonate crowdfunding account and several credit card accounts were also closed, along with three accounts tied to the Samidoun international network of activists.”
In addition to the various accounts being shut down – including ones on PayPal and Plaid – a number of specific terrorist connections were revealed.
“[T]he International Legal Forum nonprofit revealed Samidoun’s ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terror group, the ministry said,” the Times of Israel pointed out.
Israeli officials wasted little time exposing and shutting down the illicit jihadist funding scheme, with some if its organizers having terrorist track records and previous run-ins with authorities leading to convictions and incarceration.
“The Al-Haq pro-BDS group had its credit card accounts shuttered for its ties to the PFLP,” the Israeli daily continued. “The head of the organization, Shawan Jabarin, was a senior member of the PFLP who served a two-year prison sentence for terrorist activity.”
Terrorists in ties
Earlier this year, the Israeli ministry contended it had intelligence pointing to a number of Palestinian NGOs being led by terrorist group members.
“The 79-page report revealed that more than 30 members of Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) currently hold senior positions in BDS-promoting NGOs,” CBN News’ Emily Jones noted. “According to the report, 20 of those terrorists have been imprisoned for violent crimes and still remain active in terror groups.”
Not resembling the traditional image of jihadists, these terrorists are garbed in suits and ties – as the title of the report from earlier this year, “Terrorists in Suits,” indicates.
“That report revealed more than 100 links between terror groups and organizations promoting boycotts of Israel – including the employment of 30 current and ‘retired’ terror operatives,” the Jerusalem Post recounted. “It showed how these terrorists use BDS organizations to whitewash their true activities against Israel and reported on efforts by terrorist operatives to use a ‘human rights activists’ persona to mask their true selves. By doing so, these individuals obtain legitimacy and money from Western countries to finance activities to boycott and delegitimize Israel.”
One jihadist leader was confronted with the accusations and allowed to comment.
“The Terrorists in Suits report showed that Samidoun’s two representatives in Europe – Mustafa Awad and Muhammad Khatib – are both members of terrorist organizations,” the Jerusalem Post’s Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman divulged. “Samidoun publicly responded to the closure of its accounts, accusing the Strategic Affairs Ministry for pursuing its organization and members, adding that the ministry’s exposure of the organization’s connections to terrorist groups constitutes ‘one of its most significant threats.’”