PayPal censors journalists who criticize Israel
Publisher: The Electronic Intifada
Date Written: 25/07/2018
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22928
Under apparent influence from Benjamin Weinthal, PayPal chose to close down the account of the French online publication Agence Media Palestine. Such a move constitutes censorship as it denies journalists the means to raise money for their work and freedom to express ideas.
Weinthal is a "research fellow" at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, an American neoconservative group that works closely with the Israeli government, and which has attempted to smear the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights as linked to Hamas and Iran.
In a 2016 conversation about Israel lobby activities taking place in Europe, revealed here for the first time, Weinthal described how he persuades politicians to crack down on those he claims are anti-Semitic because of their criticisms of Israel.
"You have to exaggerate to get these ideas across, because they don't understand what contemporary anti-Semitism is, many of them," Weinthal explained.