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by Joshua Levitt
Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at 3:23 AM
Medea Benjamin of Code Pink / Global Exchange profited from 0,000 in Caterpillar investments, while campaigning for BDS
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The million charitable foundation of Medea Benjamin, who has become a leading supporter of the movement to boycott companies that do business with Israel, invested its assets in Caterpillar, one of the very companies the BDS movement campaigns for others to divest from because of its activities in Israel.
“The anti-Israel movement is built upon a fragile foundation of lies, omissions and hypocrisy,” wrote Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers who flagged the 2011 tax return from the Benjamin Foundation (Id # 84-1618483) on Thursday. “Shake it just a bit, it comes crumbling down.”
According to the tax filing, besides Caterpillar, Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink and Global Exchange and a former United Nations economist, also has her money in non-fashionable “oil and tobacco” stocks, including Chevron and Phillip Morris.
As for her foundation’s donations, the records show she gave heavily to her own charities, plus anti-Israel website Mondoweiss and Democracy Now.
The blog post also flagged a report by Max Samarov about a former Benjamin employee, Dalit Baum – previously the Director of “Economic Activism for Palestine” at Global Exchange — who now works for American Friends Service Committee.
Baum, described as “a professional agitator,” was found to be the actual author of a divestment referendum recently put to vote at Loyola University.
“Rather than being a student led, student organized and student written initiative, it was the work of a paid operative,” Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers wrote.
Since 2006, Benjamin, a Jew, has been one of the leading organizers of international protests against the Israeli government for the people of Gaza, who that year elected Hamas, considered an international terrorist group.
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|Medea benjamin is the 1%
||Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at 3:33 AM
|So she's a bit of a hypocrite
||Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at 4:54 AM
|She's all hypocrite
||Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at 5:53 AM
|Code Pink is ALL about Attention
||Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at 7:10 AM
|the rich vs everyone else
||Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at 10:50 AM
|Its truth, not agitprop
||Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at 1:42 PM
|medea is just one (1) person
||Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM
||Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014 at 4:42 AM
|what was that? I can't hear you..
||Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014 at 9:05 AM
||Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014 at 11:56 AM
|it's not about me or ideas
||Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM
|before the strawman brigade cometh
||Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014 at 1:42 PM
||Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 at 2:46 AM
|well gee I can't get a clear picture
||Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 at 3:23 AM
|Medea Benjamin invests in Caterpillar
||back on subject
||Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 at 2:25 PM
|": What would Rachel corrie say?"
||Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 at 3:10 PM
|And Rachel did
||Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 at 5:58 AM
|still focusing on one (1) person I see
||Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 at 7:12 AM
|Medea Benjamin owns shares in Caterpillar
||Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 at 4:39 PM
|wonder why we've got Medea haters here?
||Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 at 6:09 PM
|Medea Benjamin owns shares in Caterpillar
||Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 3:13 AM
|Medea Benjamin owns stock in caterpillar
||Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 4:18 AM
|Benjamin is the distraction
||Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 4:51 AM
|now reduced to playing semantics
||Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 8:47 AM
|Medea Benjamin owns Caterpillar stock
||Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM
|sorry what was that?
||Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM
|It was addressed, above
||Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 6:57 PM
|BDS campaigner targeted by law firm with links to Israeli intelligence
||Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 10:28 PM
||Sunday, May. 04, 2014 at 12:37 AM
|Medea Benjamin is a loser
||Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:04 AM
|Boycott “greatest threat” facing Israel, leaders say
||Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:32 AM
|iranian nukes the greatest threat to israel
||Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014 at 7:26 AM
|the cited story is directly from their own leaders
||oooh the hasbara IT BURNS!
||Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014 at 10:40 AM
|Israel Has Lost
||Monday, Jul. 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM
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