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BDS Founder Arrested in Israel

Omar Barghouti, BDS founder (Photo: youtube screenshot)

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement seeks to do financial and political harm to Israel and her people. But now, one of the group's founders, has done himself harm. The Times of Israel's Jacob Magid reports that Omar Barghouti has been arrested in Israel for tax evasion:

The co-founder of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel was arrested by tax authorities on Monday for failing to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in income.

Omar Barghouti, who lives in the northern Israeli town of Acre, was interrogated and released on bail later that day under restrictive conditions that include the surrendering of his passport, the business daily Globes reports.

Bargouti is suspected of failing to report some $700,000 in income over the past decade, during which he served as the director of National Computing Resources in Ramallah. The company specializes in the sale and maintenance of ATMs and related equipment within the Palestinian Authority.

Barghouti allegedly hid the income by depositing it in a Ramallah bank account.

He also deposited honorarium fees received for lectures he gave around the world in a US bank account, thereby hiding the revenue from Israeli tax authorities, police said.

A search of his residence at the time of the arrest found transaction documents and credit cards to support the suspicions, according to police.

The BDS movement pushes for boycotts of Israeli products and institutions, divestment from companies and institutions “complicit” in the violation of Palestinian rights (through investments in Israel), and sanctions against Israel, such as pushing for the rejection of its membership in international forums...

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