October 13, 2019

PayPal Stops Providing Services to UK Charity Over Alleged Ties to Terrorism

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PayPal has stopped providing services to the British Charity War on Want over the charity’s alleged ties to Palestinian terrorism.

According to a press release from The Lawfare Project, UK Lawyers for Israel (UKFI) informed PayPal about War on Want’s alleged ties to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), prompting PayPal to block people from using its platform to provide donations to the War on Want.

In September, both The Lawfare Project and UKFI filed a complaint against the War on Want for it’s alleged ties to the PFLP, as detailed here. The complaint also alleged that War on Want frequently promulgates “false propaganda against Israel that misleads donors and other members of the public, stokes hatred of Israel and Jews, and encourages anti-Semitism.”

“I am pleased that PayPal has responded to the evidence it has now seen regarding War on Want’s alleged association with groups linked to terrorism and has ceased to assist War on Want in obtaining donations,” Caroline Turner, director of UKFI, said in a statement. “I hope that the Charity Commission will now look carefully at War on Want’s activities and associations.”

Brooke Goldstein, executive director of The Lawfare Project, said in a statement, “PayPal has taken a stand against the use of its platform by groups allegedly connected to terror groups. The Lawfare Project has called on the Charity Commission to follow suit and engage with the detailed complaint we submitted against War on Want.”

Neither PayPal nor the War on Want could be immediately reached for comment.