Monday, December 20, 2010

Funding Illegal Israeli Settlements? Priceless!

Its the mad rush before Christmas where everyone goes out to purchase gifts for friends and loved ones.   The net result is the after Christmas headaches of paying off credit card companies for these purchases, and therefore an increase in everyone's debt load!

I, like others, use Credit Cards for major purchases, especially at this time of year....  All credit card companies make their profits by their nominal fees that are charged to retailers (swiping fees) and fees, primarily in interest charges, charged to the card users themselves.  

Of course, these Credit Card companies also pride themselves in giving back a small amount of their massive profits in the form of "charitable" donations.  But from the following article that I came across, courtesy of www.crikey.com.au, WHERE they send their "charitable" donations will shock you.  Here is that article:

Funding illegal Israeli settlements?
Priceless.

Visa, Mastercard and PayPal all enable donations to be made to US-registered groups funding illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank in defiance of international law.

It appears at least one of the major credit cards also enables donations to an extremist Jewish group that has placed a bounty on the lives of Palestinians.
All three have in the last week ceased enabling donations to WikiLeaks. Neither Mastercard nor Visa have explained the basis for their decision to do so. PayPal has backed away from its initial claim that the US State Department told PayPal WikiLeaks had broken the law after the claim was discredited. This is the third occasion on which PayPal has suspended payment services for WikiLeaks.

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.

Credit card transactional systems play a key role in facilitating this support for illegal settlements. Here are some examples.
  • The Shuva Israel group, an evangelical Christian group based in Texas, is accused by Israeli group Gush Shalom of channelling money to fund the illegal West Bank settlement of Revava. You can donate to it, says the Shuva Israel website, via Mastercard, Visa and Paypal.
  • The One Israel Fund, used as an example in the International Crisis Group report, boasts of being “the largest North American charity whose efforts are dedicated solely to the citizens and communities of Yesha”. You can donate to the One Israel Fund, according to its website, via Mastercard, Visa and Amex.
  • The website of another right-wing Christian group, the Christian Friends of Israeli Communities describes support for settlements like Argaman, which are illegal under international law. You can donate, their website says, via Mastercard, Visa and PayPal.
  • One of the highest-profile groups is the Hebron Fund, the centre of a 2009 row when the New York Mets were criticised for hosting a fundraising dinner for the group. It provides extensive support for the extraordinarily aggressive Hebron settlement, described by one Israeli group as “an ongoing war crime”, while the Fund itself has been linked to praise for an Israeli mass murderer. According to its website, it receives donations via all major credit cards.
  • Worst of all is the extremist SOS Israel group, which has incurred even the wrath of the Israeli Defence Force by rewarding Israeli soldiers who disobey orders to evict settlers from illegal outposts (i.e. inciting mutiny), and which has offered a bounty for Palestinians shot by IDF soldiers. The SOS Israel website describes a number of ways you can make your “generous donation” to it, including credit cards. Crikey’s token $2 donation via a Visa card was successful last night.
At this stage WikiLeaks has breached no international law and no laws of any country, but Mastercard, Visa and PayPal have all blacklisted it. All three continue to enable the support of settlements that are in breach of international law, in some cases of Israeli law, and in defiance of US policy on settlements under successive Republican and Democrat administrations.

Crikey invited Visa, Paypal and Mastercard to comment but none had responded by deadline.


NTS Notes:  Since I never ask (and never will ask)  for any donations for this site myself, I have never opened a PayPal account.  But I am aware of the troubles that other real truth seekers have had with PayPal because of PayPal labeling them falsely as "hate" sites and therefore closing or refusing their accounts!   This evidence shows again who controls all of these organizations and who they answer to.

Giving "charitable" donations to groups that openly go out and displace or outright murder people is just plain WRONG!   After reading this report, I went over to my own Mastercard account online, and sent off a comment to them asking for verification as to where their "charitable" donations go.... I am waiting for their response...

Giving Charitable Donations to groups that fund illegal Israeli settlements, and aid in the murder and maiming of innocent Palestinians... Definitely Priceless!

More to come

NTS

2 comments:

Tanveer Iqbal said...

In today's world of information age how we people are misinformed about about real truth...I feel very encouraging to see your blog there still people who making their utmost effort towards presenting the truth...May GOD bless you for this wonderful works and keep continuing this struggle towards presenting the TRUTH to the world !!

Northerntruthseeker said...

Thank you for the comment...

And I hope that all of my Muslim readers and friends have a great time of Ramadan!

Let us all remember the plight of the Palestinians, and keep their thoughts in our hearts!