Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo slams PayPal’s discrimination against Palestinians – Middle East Monitor

Mark Ruffalo, a prominent Hollywood actor, has denounced the company PayPal for discriminating against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip, who do not have access to the services of the digital payment platform.

Ruffalo – a three-time Oscar nominee known for his role as the superhero Hulk – is an outspoken critic of Israel’s apartheid regime in historic Palestine.

Ruffalo wrote on Twitter: “Friends: PayPal operates in illegal Israeli settlements; but refuses to provide services to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in direct violation of United Nations guidelines [ONU]”. He then attached a link to a petition to have PayPal expand its services to Palestinians.

Published by the international NGO SumOfUs, which seeks to counter corporate powers, the petition reiterates: “Activists have made all the difference in persuading Ben & Jerry’s to be the first major global corporation to withdraw from the illegally occupied Palestinian territories. for years… that the mobilization of tens of thousands of activists had a huge impact on this decision”.

The petition notes that nearly half of Gaza’s population is unemployed and many residents are searching for livelihood alternatives online. The text urges consumers to “pressure PayPal so that it does not discriminate against Palestinians and offers its services to everyone”.

After the message, Ruffalo was praised for failing to stand up to Israeli abuses and institutionalized discrimination that flagrantly violates international law.

In 2021, Ruffalo joined calls for sanctions against Israel after a Zionist court ordered the mass eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

“Sanctions on South Africa have helped liberate its black people – it’s time for sanctions on Israel to liberate the Palestinians. Join us“, had then reaffirmed the actor of 54 years.

Palestinians can use other means to receive payments from abroad, such as Apple Pay and SWIFT. However, the absence of PayPal – the world leader in e-commerce – represents a daily obstacle, warned the NGO 7amleh, which fights for the digital rights of the Palestinian people.

“Without the recognition and versatility of an international brand like PayPal, Palestinians do not have adequate access to financial markets to improve their economic situation,” the organization said in a report on the matter.

“It remains unclear why PayPal is reluctant to offer its services to account holders in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as it would be an obvious way for the company to support economic development and greater equality in the region. .”

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