Jerusalem24– A coalition of dozens of human rights organizations, including 7amleh, is calling on PayPal to stop discriminating against Palestinians in the occupied territories – specifically in the West Bank and Gaza Strip – by preventing them from accessing the company’s services.
Israeli settlers living illegally in the occupied West Bank have full access to Paypal’s services.
According to a statement issued by the NGO coalition, “Despite the pressure of the international community, PayPal continues to refuse to operate in the occupied Palestinian territories, while providing full access to the residents of the illegal settlements in the West Bank.”
American actor Mark Ruffalo tweeted in support of the campaign as well, pushing an influx of supporters to sign a petition demanding Paypal provide services to Palestinians.
Friends: Paypal operates in Israel’s illegal settlements—but is refusing to provide service to Palestinians in Gaza and West Bank, in direct violation of UN guidelines.
Join the international call to Paypal to end its baseless discrimination now.https://t.co/TdWjNWuEMl
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 6, 2022
The coalition has been in contact with Paypal, with some changes might be taking place soon. Munya Thaher, a communications officer at 7amleh, explains to Jerusalem24 what has happened with the campaign so far.