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Major BDS Donor Owned Shares of Caterpillar While Campaigning for Divestment

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

Major BDS Donor Owne...
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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% Toby Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at 3:33 AM
So she's a bit of a hypocrite nobody Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at 4:54 AM
She's all hypocrite Pater Joe Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at 5:53 AM
Code Pink is ALL about Attention Bloom Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at 7:10 AM
the rich vs everyone else crazy_inventor Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Its truth, not agitprop Lily Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at 1:42 PM
medea is just one (1) person crazy_inventor Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM
Sick dude Lily Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014 at 4:42 AM
what was that? I can't hear you.. crazy_inventor Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014 at 9:05 AM
lookit me nobody Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014 at 11:56 AM
it's not about me or ideas crazy_inventor Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014 at 12:29 PM
before the strawman brigade cometh crazy_inventor Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014 at 1:42 PM
tone police nobody Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 at 2:46 AM
well gee I can't get a clear picture crazy_inventor 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?" crazy_inventor Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 at 3:10 PM
And Rachel did Viktorio Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 at 5:58 AM
still focusing on one (1) person I see crazy_inventor Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 at 7:12 AM
Medea Benjamin owns shares in Caterpillar Bds fail Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 at 4:39 PM
wonder why we've got Medea haters here? crazy_inventor Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 at 6:09 PM
Medea Benjamin owns shares in Caterpillar Bds fil Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 3:13 AM
Medea Benjamin owns stock in caterpillar BDS fail Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 4:18 AM
Benjamin is the distraction nobody Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 4:51 AM
now reduced to playing semantics crazy_inventor Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 8:47 AM
Medea Benjamin owns Caterpillar stock Bds fail Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM
sorry what was that? crazy_inventor Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 5:57 PM
It was addressed, above nobody Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 6:57 PM
BDS campaigner targeted by law firm with links to Israeli intelligence crazy_inventor Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 at 10:28 PM
Hah toby Sunday, May. 04, 2014 at 12:37 AM
Medea Benjamin is a loser Toby Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:04 AM
Boycott “greatest threat” facing Israel, leaders say tootsie Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:32 AM
iranian nukes the greatest threat to israel duh! 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 crazy_inventor Monday, Jul. 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

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