The BBC believes the email campaign sparked by Plett’s comments was instigated by American Jewish website Honestreporting.com.
Honestreporting carries a message under the title "Weeping for Yasser" that urges users to email Malcolm Balen, the BBC’s senior editorial adviser on the Middle East, to complain about Plett’s report.
"Plett’s revelation of an emotional bond with Yasser Arafat is a clear acknowledgement of her partisan stand in the conflict… What does it say about the BBC that they employ news reporters who are emotionally or ideologically attached to one side of the conflict?" the website said.
The UK’s Daily Mail also carried an item on the HR protest to BBC over the weekend.