Sunday, June 18, 2023

[ePalestine] PayPal’s missed opportunity with Palestinians

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PayPal’s missed opportunity with Palestinians: Sam Bahour

Published: Jun. 18, 2023, 5:11 a.m.

Signage outside PayPal headquarters in San Jose, California is pictured on March 10, 2015. At PayPal's May 24 annual shareholders meeting, shareholders rejected a shareholder proposal that PayPal offer its services in the Palestinian territories and other conflict zones. A proponent of that proposal, Palestinian American business consultant Sam Bahour of Youngstown, who has been working in the West Bank for a number of years, argues in a guest column today that that was a mistake. Jeff Chiu | AP Photo   

By Guest Columnist, Sam Bahour

EL-BIREH, West Bank -- I recently addressed the virtual PayPal annual shareholders meeting, during which I had five minutes to present a case for shareholders to pass a resolution requesting PayPal to open its services to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The resolution was titled “Provision of Services in Conflict Zones.”

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