ActBlue is an online donation portal. It primarily services leftist and Democrat-aligned organizations and it works with the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). PACBI is a hate group under the control of a coalition of organizations with ties to terrorism.
Acts that potentially violate U.S. anti-terrorism laws, according to a Zachor Legal Institute.
Zachor asserts PACBI is a key organizational cog in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. The BDS movement wages economic warfare on Israel. The platform, ActBlue also could be violating state anti-BDS laws and federal anti-terrorism laws.
These assertions are outlined in a letter sent to ActBlue general counsel Steven Gold. ActBlue is not responding to requests for comment on the issues the Zachor Legal Institute’s letter raises.
The attorney speaks
“It’s very concerning that they seem to be comfortable with helping to fund terror groups, even though it subjects them to significant liability for violating federal laws… The mainstream Democrats, from the president to individuals like NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, have clearly denounced BDS as racism, yet ActBlue, which is deeply involved in helping Democrats, looks the other way as they help BDS financially.”
PACBI operates under the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) as an umbrella group for numerous organizations championing Israel boycotts that include Hamas, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Palestine Islamic Jihad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, and Palestinian Liberation Front.
Putting the pieces together
Online groups enforcing bans for promoting hate speech and anti-Semitisminclude: Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook.
Zachor writes, “As a terror backed hate group, PACBI’s activities constitute a violation of ActBlue’s terms of service, as ActBlue does not allow illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory or otherwise injurious content… PACBI’s role in the governing body of the BDS movement implicates it as violating various anti-discrimination [laws] including state anti-BDS laws.”
Additionally, “there can be no question that when PACBI raises funds through ActBlue, those funds are being used by the BNC and its designated terror group members in violation [of U.S. law], which prohibits any party from providing material support to designated terror organizations.”
The local tie
The Zachor Legal Institute maintains ActBlue’s facilitation of payments to PACBI also constitutes a violation of anti-money-laundering laws. So why should Belknap County residents care? There are about 60,500 reasons why they should care.
Over the last 10 years in Belknap County, there have been about 60,500 separate donations to ActBlue. This comes from public records available at the FEC. If you donated to ActBlue in Belknap County did you know you ActBlue might be giving support to the BDS movement, BLM, Hamas, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Palestine Islamic Jihad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, and Palestinian Liberation Front?