Bank für Sozialwirtschaft tells members of Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East, which includes a number of Israelis, that its account has been closed due to their support for BDS.
Members of Jewish Voice for Peace at a demonstration in Seattle, October 2007. (CC BY-SA 3.0 Joe Mabel)
Six weeks ago members of the group Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East, based in Germany, received a message from their bank that their account was being closed, without any additional explanations. The organization, which was founded as a local chapter of European Jews for a Just Peace (EJJP), a federation of Jewish groups aimed at bringing about peace in the Middle East and ensuring human rights for Palestinians.
[...] Only after the bank’s surprising decision to close the account did the organization’s board members discover an article published by Benjamin Weinthal that had been published earlier in the Jerusalem Post. Weinthal’s article described how various Jewish groups asked the bank to close Jewish Voice’s account, allegedly due to its support for the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement.