Israel shuts down fundraising accounts of 30 BDS groups for ties to terrorism
Israel has shut down 30 fundraising accounts associated with the BDS anti-Semitic movement in the past two years.
Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs – which oversees Israel’s anti-BDS efforts – announced that ten of the closed accounts were in the United States, while 20 were in Europe.
The data – results of an undisclosed economic campaign by the ministry and pro-Israel organizations – were revealed for the first time on Monday.
“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,” said Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan in a statement.
“Over time, however, we have revealed that the supposed ‘human rights’ NGOs are actually filled with anti-Semitic operatives with deep ties to terrorist groups fixated on destroying the State of Israel,” Erdan added.
The announcement follows a report released by the ministry earlier this year titled “Terrorists in Suits,” which linked at least 30 Hamas, PFLP terrorists who were formerly convicted of murder and terrorism, working now in at least 13 anti-Israel BDS NGOs.
The report states that terror organizations view BDS as an additional tactic to be used for the destruction of Israel and that the civil organizations serve as an incubator for their activities.