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Boston Herald
Boston Herald
24 Feb 2024
Boston Herald Wire Services

NextImg:Ticker: Fundraisers for West Bank settlers raised thousands, despite Biden sanctions

After the Biden administration applied sanctions on four Israeli settlers for acting violently toward Palestinians and activists in the West Bank, online fundraisers sprang to their aid.

One campaign collected over $140,000 for a settler named Yinon Levi and his unauthorized settler outpost from over 3,000 donors worldwide.

Now, those contributions may be putting donors, crowdfunding sites and the financial services firms that process the payments at risk of penalties for violating the U.S. sanctions. Sanctions experts say the order applies to U.S. citizens and companies involved in the campaigns. And it gives the U.S. government authority to blacklist Israeli entities allowing U.S. citizens or companies to violate sanctions.

West Africa’s regional bloc known as ECOWAS has lifted travel, commercial and economic sanctions imposed on Niger which were aimed at reversing last year’s coup in the country in a new push for dialogue as it also renewed calls on three junta-led nations to rescind their decision to quit the regional bloc.

A senior official announced at the bloc’s meeting on Saturday that the sanctions are being lifted with immediate effect while individual sanctions targeted at the coup leaders would remain. The summit comes at a critical time when the 49-year-old bloc’s future is threatened. It is currently struggling with possible disintegration after three of its 15 member states decided to quit the bloc.