German bank closes Hamas/BDS group account

The German Postbank confirmed to The Jerusalem Post that its account for the Hamas-linked Palestinian Community in Germany is no longer active.

The Post can reveal that a membership fee form listed on the webpage of the Palestinian organization lists the Postbank as its account, where member fees can be sent.

Oliver Rittmaier, a spokesman for the Postbank, emailed the Post in late November that the account was “not active.” The bank’s spokesman added, “You can be assured that we are not interested in maintaining relationships with extremist groups. When we discover such a relationship, we end it under applicable law.”

Rittmaier said the bank could not comment on whether it will seek that the Palestinian Community delete the bank’s information from its membership form. He said he cannot discuss the matter due to legal reasons.

It is unclear when the account was discontinued. The account number is listed as 11563105, Postbank, BLZ [Bank Code] 10010010.

The Palestinian Community in Germany declined to answer a Post query. The Palestinian organization supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. The German parliament labeled BDS an antisemitic campaign in 2019.