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US, German Politicians urge PayPal to close Neo-Nazi party's account
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US, German Politicians urge PayPal to close Neo-Nazi party's account

American and German politicians called on PayPal to close the account of Germany’s neo-Nazi Der Dritte Weg (“The Third Way”) party.

“Congressman Zeldin supports the closure of this Pay-Pal account,” Jennifer DiSiena, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-New York)’s communications director, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.

Rep. Peter J. Roskam (R-Illinois) said: “Technology companies and financial institutions have both a moral and legal responsibility to make sure they are not supporting terrorism. Failure to do so is not just a bad business decision – it can also lead to enforcement action from the US government.”

Neo-Nazis from The Third Way traveled to Lebanon in March and lauded Hezbollah’s 2006 war against Israel. The neo-Nazi group supports Basher Assad’s regime in Syria and urges a full boycott of Israel, which it calls on its website a “terror state.”

Volker Beck, a leading Green Party deputy in the Bundestag who is chairman of the German-Israel Parliamentary Group, said, “I find that one should not voluntarily provide an account to a neo-Nazi party, Holocaust deniers and other antisemites. Therefore, I also expect companies [to show] some civil courage.” 

The Third Way’s PayPal webpage, where the account is listed, calls to support a convicted Holocaust denier, saying, “Freedom for Horst Mahler: Political Prisoner of the Federal Republic of Germany.”

Dr. Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, said, “Any company which knowingly is involved in the trade of neo-Nazi or antisemitic material is complicit in the peddling of hate. There should be no ifs or buts: PayPal needs to ban this account immediately and stem its involvement with The Third Way. 

“We hope PayPal and all similar companies will impose rigorous oversight and regulations to ensure that their customers do not contribute to racism, xenophobia or antisemitism

 Click here to read the full article in Jerusalem Post

Tuesday, June 06, 2017
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