Mexican organization Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán and Persian art collective Gharbzadegi — part of a coalition created last week at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign to pressure the school’s Board of Trustees into divesting from companies the do business with Israel — used technology from the Tel Aviv-based company Wix to create their sites.
As The Algemeiner previously reported, groups involved in the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement have been found to be using Israel’s Wix technology on multiple occasions, according to a 2013 report by the UK’s Zionist Federation (ZF).
At that time, ZF chairman Paul Charney told The Algemeiner that BDS activists “find that living without the benefits of the Start-up Nation might not be as easy as they’d hoped.”
Last year, as well, three anti-Israel groups were called out for using Wix to build websites that included pleas for academic boycotts of Israel; accused the Jewish state of “ethnic cleaning;” and raised money for anti-Israel activities.
Neither Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán nor Gharbzadegi responded to The Algemeiner‘s request for comment.
UPDATE: Following the publication of this article, MEChA’s Wix website appears to have been taken down.
Source: The Algemeiner