The Israel Project reports on some disturbing relationships between Fenton Communications and the Gaza Flotilla operation. (Fenton's ties to the U.S. and international left are well known to AT readers.)
U.S. PR Firm on Payroll of Qatari Group that Took Part in Gaza Flotilla
Qatar-based Initiative Encouraged Action against Israel
A U.S. Justice Department document shows that Fenton Communications, a U.S. public relations firm, has been working for "Al Fakhoora," a Qatar-based pro-Palestinian initiative that participated in the illegal flotilla to Gaza last month and urged action against Israel .
According the group's director, Al Fakhoora has "launched an advocacy campaign to file legal charges against Israel and change the public perception in the West about its actions."
Al Fakhoora is supported by the office of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, the second wife of the emir of Qatar . According to a document filed by Fenton under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, Her Highness' office agreed to pay Fenton approximately $240,000 for communications services rendered from March 1 - Aug. 31, 2010.
Fenton distributes materials through Al Fakhoora's Web site, which includes a Facebook page and a "Flotilla Action Alert" urging activists to oppose Israel's blockade on Hamas-controlled Gaza . Israel considers Gaza-bound convoys a security risk and has implemented a maritime blockade on Gaza because of Hamas' ongoing efforts to smuggle Iranian rockets and other weaponry since the Iran-backed group overthrew the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in a bloody coup there in June 2007. Historically, ships bound for Gazahave carried tons of weapons among their cargo. Click here for examples of previous Gaza-bound ships carrying weapons.