From the apartheid wall to military checkpoints to the blockade of Gaza, Palestinians living under occupation and apartheid face many barriers to doing the every day things many of us take for granted: going to school, getting to work, traveling to see friends and family.
But there are also digital barriers Palestinians have to deal with. PayPal, a U.S. company that operates a worldwide online payments system, doesn’t allow Palestinians in the Occupied Territories to use their services. Meanwhile Jewish settlers in the West Bank living on stolen Palestinian land can use PayPal as they please.
A coalition of Palestinian businesses and civil society groups is calling on PayPal to end this discrimination against Palestinians.
Palestinians being denied access to PayPal means they cannot use their services to run a business, or raise money for a charity, or send cash to a relative, or make everyday purchases online. Getting access to PayPal can make a real difference in the lives of so many Palestinians as the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality continues.
We are partnering with member group Jewish Voice for Peace and SumOfUs on this campaign, which already has been supported by more than 65,000 people.