Sunday, April 9, 2017

France: Bank said to have dropped major BDS account

"Asked about possible violations of New York State’s anti-BDS law" is the most likely explanation...

Via The Jerusalem Post (Benjamin Weinthal):
One of the world’s largest banks, the Paris-based BNP Paribas, may have closed the account last year of a French organization that advocates boycotting Israel. After the former president of the  Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) sent a letter to BNP in May 2016, the donation section on the organization’s CAPJPO-Europalestine website was scrubbed of the BNP account. 
Israeli journalist Jean Patrick Grumberg, a reporter for the French-language American website, told The Jerusalem Post on Friday that “CAPJPO removed the link to the page with their bank information...  It’s possible that BNP quietly closed the CAPJPO bank account after receiving the letter from CRIF.” (...) 
Asked about possible violations of New York State’s anti-BDS law because of BNP’s office in New York City, Cesaltine Gregorio, the head of BNP’s media relations in the US, declined to comment.
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