(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office)
Andrew MacDonald, a British national and a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), entered Israel on 19 of Augost 2005, with a new passport, after having changed his name in order to enter Israel by evading border control; he had previously visited Israel in 2003 and been expelled by the Interior Ministry after having been arrested by the IDF while holed up in the home of a suicide terrorist.
He was detained on 8 of November 2005 in the Tel Rumeida area in Hebron for assaulting a member of the security forces, and was released. He was detained again in the Hebron area on 25 of November 2005.
Mr. MacDonald’s entry and presence in Israel was done deceitfully and in contravention of Israeli law. On 30 of November 2005, he was put on a plane bound for the UK. While on board, he threatened to cause a disturbance during the flight. He was taken off the plane and is currently being held in an Immigration Police facility prior to his deportation from the State of Israel.
The ISM is a pro-Palestinian organization composed of foreign nationals that undertakes various actions – some of which are illegal and violent – and seeks to disrupt the actions of the security forces throughout Judea and Samaria.
ISM members have – inter alia – acted to expose operational activities by the security forces in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip and visit the families of suicide terrorists in order to prevent and delay counter-terrorist operations by the security forces, thus putting the latter at risk. ISM members and local Palestinians have initiated large-scale marches in order to violate curfews and have also acted as human shields for Palestinians at points of friction in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.
ISM members have expressed support and justification for Palestinian terrorism, including suicide terrorism. The British terrorists who perpetrated the 30 of April 2003 attack at Mike’s Place in Tel Aviv, in which three people were murdered and over 50 were wounded, had been in contact with ISM members and had even been in the organization’s Gaza office. Tel Aviv District Court Judge Dr. Drora Pilpel wrote, in a 7 of September 2004 decision (#002365/04) regarding the prevention of an ISM member from entering Israel, that, "It seems that the organization is being exploited – whether wittingly or unwittingly – for foreign and dangerous purposes."