An Arab man from Gaza was given a VIP pass by Doctors Without Borders, which he used to plan assassinations of Prime Minister Olmert, Minister Lieberman and David Be’eri.
The 25-year-old PA Arab from Dir El Balah in Gaza, Masab Bashir, was charged in a Jerusalem Court Thursday. He has been employed by Doctors Without Borders for at least five years and received a pass to travel freely to the Jerusalem region in his capacity as a doctor for the organization.
Doctors Without Borders are recognized by the UN as a humanitarian group and are granted free passage by the Israeli government through checkpoints and closed military areas. They feature large decals on their vehicles with a picture of a crossed out assault rifle – to indicate they are non-combatants.
Another man, an Israeli Arab, was also arrested for assisting Bashir. A third man's identity has not been released by the Shabak (General Security Service).
Bashir was arrested three weeks ago and confessed to collecting intelligence information for the PFLP terror group with the goal of killing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman and David Be’eri. Be'eri heads the Elad organization which develops Ir David, the Jewish archaeological gardens in the Silwan region below Jerusalem’s Old City.
The terrorist met with PFLP handlers in September 2006, after which he received combat and arms training. He said he eventually concluded that security was too tight around the government officials and in December, 2006 decided to instead murder David Be’eri, a target because of his development of Jewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem. In January 2007, with a pass from Doctors Without Borders, Bashir targeted Be’eri and began gathering intelligence information on his daily routine. He returned in February and March – and was arrested on his latest trip, on April 19.
On the web site of Doctors Without Borders, the organization’s stated goals in the PA-assigned areas are to: “…provide psychological and medical care and social assistance to families affected by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Last year, it condemned the decision of several governments to cut funding to the Hamas-led PA and channel it to humanitarian organizations instead.
Doctors Without Borders says it had no idea that Bashir was engaging in such activities.