Tax exempt right-wing Christian charities use PayPal, MasterCard and Visa to fund illegal Israeli settlements

These North American websites support the occupation of Palestinian settlements, many of which are illegal even under Israeli law. They channel funds via Mastercard, Visa and PayPal, all of whom have removed their services from the wikileaks organisation recently, without explanation.

Under American law these charities are tax exempt. Some of them reward Israeli soldiers for disobeying direct orders, in their eviction of Palestinians from their homes—tactics which include murder, intimidation, rape and the bulldozing of houses while families are still inside.

Merry Xmas!


Israel subsidises over 100 settlements in the West Bank in defiance of international law. Another 100+ are “illegal outposts” even under Israeli law. All benefit from extensive support from the United States, channelled through a range of Jewish and right-wing Christian bodies, all of which have charitable status under US law. The International Crisis Group’s report on settlements in July 2009 identified the important role played by US charities. Israeli newspaper Haaretz has investigated the strong support provided via US charities, and Israeli peace groups have also targeted the generous support provided via private donations from the US and Canada.

Shit you don’t need with money you don’t have. For everything else, there’s Mastercard


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