May 31, 2016
You’re no “Pal” of mine, Jew!
I thought PayPal had pretty much finished shutting people down. They were one of the first companies to begin stealing people’s freedoms, and have done monthly purges since 2013.
But now they’re upping the game, shutting down anyone who even remotely veers against the Jew narrative.
PayPal, a global leader in online payment services, has cut off payments to the anti-Israel group BDS France.
Early Monday, the website’s link to the money processing site returned an error message that “the recipient is currently unable to receive money.” Later in the day, the link to Paypal was removed entirely from the group’s webpage. Earlier in the month, the site’s connection to Paypal remained fully operational. PayPal would not confirm directly that they shut the account, telling The Jerusalem Post that they are “subject to very strict customer confidentiality rules.”
“We can’t confirm or deny any limitation of a specific account,” said company spokeswoman Daphan Mackover. France has Europe’s strongest anti-BDS law – the 2003 Lellouche law – and has applied the anti-discrimination statue to punish Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) activists. The law bars discrimination against people based on national origin. French courts view BDS as an illicit act targeting Israelis because of their nationality.
“Compliance with all local laws is something we take very seriously,” Mackover continued. “PayPal has dedicated significant resources to combat the use of our secure payment platform for illegal activities and works collaboratively with law enforcement agencies around the world to support both the detection of crime and the conviction of criminals.
“We have 184 million active customer accounts and regularly screen their activities to make sure they respect the laws, and if they don’t, per our user agreement, we then suspend, limit or close them,” she said. “PayPal encourages anyone who has information about the potential unlawful use of our service to contact us.”
Earlier this month, huge French bank Credit Mutuel shut down the account of La Campagne BDS France amid escalating criticism over the illegal practices of supporting financial transactions that target Israel for boycotts.
Israeli journalist Jean Patrick Grumberg, a reporter for the French-language American website Dreuz.info, told the Post that after Credit Mutuel severed its relationship with BDS France, he contacted Paypal to tell them that the organization had instead turned to Paypal to accept donations.
BDS isn’t even an anti-Semitic movement, by any stretch. They acknowledge Israel’s supposed “right to exist” and acknowledge the same borders acknowledged by the UN and every other global political body. All they do is call for an end to settlements in the West Bank.
PayPal though might eventually run into some problems. Laws are different for them than they are for Facebook and Twitter, given that they are a bank and using political discrimination to interfere with the ability of individuals and organizations to conduct business, which is already illegal in many countries (though apparently not in France).