The U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) is a Washington based charity that financially supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) that sponsors Hamas and at least four other groups that are designated as terror organizations. On Wednesday in a federal court a civil lawsuit was filed charging the group with sponsoring terrorism. The USCPR’s role as BNC’s fiscal sponsor enables U.S. citizens to make tax-deductible donations to the BNC, the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit was filed by the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), an Israel-based public benefit company, and three U.S. families living in Israel. The lawsuit seeks to make USCPR civilly liable for the missiles fired into Southern Israel, causing tens of millions of dollars worth of damage. The NYT reported back in July that Hamas is actually a member of the BNC.
“With this lawsuit, we’re exposing the link between organizations masquerading as human rights organizations, but who use donations to advance the campaign of terror against Israel including through BDS, perpetrated by terror organizations like Hamas and supported by US charities,” KKL-JNF World Chairman Daniel Atar said in a statement.
“For far too long, the people of southern Israel have been traumatized by ongoing terrorist attacks seeking to destroy both their way of life and the environment in which they call home,” Heideman said. “The flow of money is fuel for terror. It is essential to take action against U.S. groups that are complicit partners in funding terror that help enable foreign terror organizations to relentlessly wage a multifaceted campaign of terror against the citizens and lands of the sovereign state of Israel.”
The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs estimates that incendiary devices launched from the Gaza Strip, including arson kites and balloons, rockets and mortar bombs, have ignited over 2,155 fires between March 2018 and August 2019, causing more than $35 million in damages.