We have been supporters of Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) for many years.
But today Laurette found this story from the Jerusalem post, which relates how an employee of MSF, Mazab Bashir, allegedly used his status to enter Israel and plot to assassinate Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
MSF's response? A spokesman, asked if MSF was embarrassed, said,
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.A humanitarian organization is not embarrassed that one of its employees used his job status to plot and train for an assassination? It is "sad" for him, but not outraged or disgusted?
Maybe MSF will be even more sad when people like us withdraw their financial support.