PayPal 'stops providing services to War on Want'

UK Lawyers for Israel says the payment platform has withdrawn its services from the charity after a complaint it made

(Photograph: Alamy)
(Photograph: Alamy)

The online payment processing company PayPal has stopped providing services to the anti-poverty charity War on Want, according to a group of lawyers that recently complained about the organisation to the Charity Commission.

The pro-Israel group UK Lawyers for Israel, along with the legal think tank the Lawfare Project, which focuses on antisemitism, filed a complaint with the commission in September about War on Want’s alleged position on Israel, accusing the charity of misusing charitable funds to produce antisemitic propaganda and having links to armed Palestinian groups. 

The charity said at the time it did not comment on "vexatious and politically motivated campaigns aimed at silencing human rights organisations".

According to a statement issued today by UKLFI and the Lawfare Project, the two groups have also complained to PayPal about the charity.

As a result the payment platform said it would no longer provide services to War on Want, the statement said.

Brooke Goldstein, director of the Lawfare Project, congratulated PayPal for "taking a stand against the misuse of its platform".

She urged the Charity Commission to "follow suit and engage with the detailed complaint" the organisation had submitted about War on Want.

Caroline Turner, director of UKLFI, said she was pleased PayPal had responded to the complaint.

War on Want was unable to respond before publication of this story.

PayPal did not respond to Third Sector’s request for comment.

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