Friday, May 18, 2007


A 25-year old Palestinian man has been arrested for his part in a plan to assassinate Israel''s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert - Gaza man chrged for gathering info in plot to assassinate Olmert.

Masseb Bashir, a resident of Dir el-Balah in the Gaza Strip, gained entry into Israel through his work with the organization "Doctors without Borders" which performs a great service to people around the world who are suffering in areas of crisis. According to this Jerusalem Post report, Bashir had been working with DWB for several years and his arrest has embarassed his boss but not enough to prevent him from showing that his sympathies lie with the man who is now (hopefully) his former employee:-.

Duncan Mclean, head of 'Doctors Without Borders' in the region, told Israel Radio, "I don't think embarrassed would be the right word. We are very sad for Bashir who has been working for us for almost six years. But we would like to make it very clear that we make a distinction between his professional work and what he does on his personal time in the sense that all our staff is hired for professional reasons and I don't think our organization can be held liable for every aspect of their life."

Poor Duncan is so into damage control and making piffling excuses that he can't even bring himself to express contrition on behalf of his organisation for its role in an act of terrorism. He's sad for the would-be murderer Bashir but not a word about those who he represents at the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, nor for the fact that such behaviour hurts the very people he's supposed to be helping, nor for the position of the Israelis. Not even the recognition that, at least in Israel, Bashir will get a fair trial and the assistance of lawyers. If Bashir were a DWB staffer working in Sudan arrested for attempting to assassinate the Sudanese Prime Minister, Mclean would not be be giving his sympathy today to Bashir but to his widow.

And of course, it would be a stretch for Mclean and his organisation to acknowledge that his employee's behaviour is an example of why Israel needs to concern itself with being extra vigilant about protecting its own borders - with or without the help of Mclean's doctors.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sacre bleu Wilbur!

Doctors without borders couldn't be all that bad. Read this about one of its co-founders