A group of Birthright participants decided to walk out from a couple of buses during a trip to protest the Israeli “occupation” of the West Bank. After spitting in the face of an organization that offered them free trips to tour Israel, the activists have started a GoFundMe page to pay for their flight home.
According to the Times of Israel, eight activists walked out of two buses on their sixth day of the 10-day Birthright trip, after demanding that Birthright show them the “occupation” of the West Bank. The eight later went on their own to see some Palestinian villages.
As per the Birthright rules for anyone who doesn’t complete the 10-day trip with the organization, Birthright canceled their flights home and held on to their $250 deposit, prompting the activists to launch the GoFundMe page to cover their travel and potential legal costs. The page accuses Birthright of “intimidating participants from demanding answers about Israel’s ‘control’ of the Palestinian people.
The fundraiser was a huge success for the ungrateful activists, raising enough money to pay for their tickets and beyond – the page raised nearly $18,000.