A Middle Eastern counterterrorism think-tank released a new report on Wednesday describing the activities of some foreigners, including diplomatic and government staff members, who openly support the Palestinians despite their continued attacks on the Jewish People.
Foreigners often take part in popular resistance events and activities alongside Palestinians, some of whom belong to Islamist and militant groups, according to the Meir Amit Information Center. In most cases these foreign participants are activists or representatives of pro-Palestinian Western NGOs campaigning to de-legitimize the Jewish State. In some cases these activists have turned out to be identified as diplomats and officeholders from European countries who participate in the popular resistance conferences held in the village of Bil'in.
While not on a consistent basis, they are sometimes involved in activities on the ground which are meant to defy the Israeli government, Meir Amit analysts claim.
The analysts point to one occasion when a French diplomat was documented attacking an Israeli member of the Border Police during an attempt made by Palestinian activists to erect an illegal outpost in the northern Jordan Valley.
The popular resistance is a strategy supported by the Palestinian Authority and Fatah. It includes violent activities such as confrontations with IDF soldiers, throwing stones and Molotov cocktails and carrying out deadly attacks, according to the report.
Participants in Eighth Bil'in International Conference for Popular Resistance discussed ways and means to encourage the popular resistance. John Gatt-Rutter, the EU's representative in the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Sir Vincent Fean, the British consul-general in Jerusalem, alleged attended that confab. Previous Bil'in conferences were also attended by Luisa Morgantini, a member of the European Parliament and a Nobel Peace laureate, who, through her words and deed, is hostile towards Israel.
Morgantini is a representative to the European Parliament from Italy. She is its former vice-president and won
its vice-president was honored with the Nobel Prize for Peace.
Now that she is a member of the European Union's Palestine delegation, she frequently visits Judea and Samaria. "Her views are consistently anti-Israel. During the 1970s she expressed solidarity with the PLO. She organizes meetings in the European parliament attended by groups critical of Israeli policy and which present Israel in a negative light, stated Wednesday's report.
According to Meir Amit:
"The PA and Fatah encourage European diplomats and anti-Israeli activists to participate in popular resistance events. They regard their involvement as a tool for enhancing the legitimacy of the popular resistance, as a way of making it difficult for the Israeli security forces to respond to illegal activities and a means of exerting international diplomatic pressure on Israel, especially pressure from European countries. In our assessment, their participation is limited and does not reflect the general conduct of European diplomats in Israel or the PA.
"However, in those cases in which they do participate in popular resistance events, whether at the Bil'in conferences or activities on the ground, such involvement is exceptional behavior with regard to accepted diplomatic practice. Such involvement may create difficult situations for the IDF (such as the event in the northern Jordan Valley) and reflect badly on Israel in the international arena, especially in European countries."
While Meir Amit doesn't address the subject of Americans involved in anti-Israeli activities, an Examiner news story does. In May 2010, several ships, led by the Turkish vessel the Mavi Marmara, calling themselves the Free Gaza Flotilla, attempted to breach an Israeli blockade. The resulting violence caused the deaths of nine militants and injury to numerous Israeli commandos. The American contingent of the Free Gaza Movement is led by President Barack Obama's friends and supporters Bill Ayers, a former terrorist with the left-wing Weather Underground, and Jody Davis, who also heads Code Pink and worked on the election campaign of California Gov. Jerry Brown.
In several instances, foreign diplomats, especially from European countries, have participated in various popular resistance events. They have included participation in conferences and events on the ground, some of which have involved violence. Their participation was mainly the result of the initiative of the PA, Fatah and popular resistance activists. They wanted to enhance the popular resistance's international legitimacy and provide those participating in illegal activities with a kind of defense against the Israeli security forces, according to the Meir Amit think-tank.