Miliband puts Israel on tourist warning list.


By richmillett
March 23, 2010
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The Foreign Office has just added this official warning on its site for visitors who wish to travel to Israel:

“UK passport holders should be aware of a recent Serious Organised Crime Agency investigation into the misuse of UK passports in the murder of Mahmud al-Mabhuh in Dubai on 19 January 2010. The SOCA investigation found circumstantial evidence of Israeli involvement in the fraudulent use of British passports. This has raised the possibility that your passport details could be captured for improper uses while your passport is out of your control. The risk applies in particular to passports without biometric security features. We recommend that you only hand your passport over to third parties including Israeli officials when absolutely necessary.”

David Miliband, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, made a statement that an Israeli diplomat will be expelled from the UK, eventhough this had been on the BBC website since this morning implying a Foreign Office leak to the BBC.

But all such statements should first of all be made to us, the British public, via our elected MPs, and not to the unelected BBC.

Miliband would not name the Israel diplomat except to say that he or she had been picked by the Foreign Office which seems to imply that this person is directly responsible for the faking of the passports that allowed for the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai.

There was agreement with Miliband’s action by both William Hague(Cons. Shadow Foreign Secretray) and Ed Davey (LibDem. Shadow Foreign Secretary).

At no time was a specific allegation made by these three that Israel carried out the Dubai assassination.

Then we had the MPs who were there specifically, in a relatively empty House of Commons, to get their prime TV time at the expense of Israel:

Gerald Kaufman (Labour) spoke of Israel’s corrupt government and Israel’s corrupt Ben Gurion airport (although, hilariously, Julian Lewis (Cons.) said it was highly unlikely that Israel would clone Kaufman’s passport.)
Mark Durkan (SDLP) was unhappy with Miliband’s use of the term “alleged murder”.
Angus MacNeil (SNP) demanded that Israel apologises.
Ming Campbell (LibDem) spoke of the “killing” in Dubai.

Others also spoke and generally expressed the sentiment that this assassination was “murder” and should be tried accordingly as should the charge of fraud for cloning the passports.

It is a sad state of affairs that while our soldiers are attempting to kill terrorists in Afghanistan to try to make us safe on Britain’s streets Israel is condemned and punished for trying to do that for its own citizens.

But this is not about the killing or the passports, it is about the fact that British passports were used. Miliband said that of all the cloned passports used for the assassination the highest number were British. Hence the Foreign Office warning above.

Presumably, there would therefore have been no such outcry had none of the passports had been British.

But without such a cloning al-Mabhouh would still be alive today planning more atrocities against Israel’s civilians. And it is highly unlikely that Mossad, if it was Mossad, would clone British passports in the future after the current uproar.

In addition in the House today there was no criticism of al-Mabhouh or Dubai, which let al-Mabhouh come and go on many a false passport. In fact Miliband said he would continue to support Dubai in its investigation!

Not only has Israel lost a diplomat but tourism to Israel will now suffer due to this warning.

More than that, yet again, our Parliament has been demeaned by the sight of Israel-bashing MPs having an opportunity to paint a grotesque portrait of Israel while going unchallenged even by the likes of Miliband, Hague and Davey.

For full piece see: http://richardmillett.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/miliband-puts-israel-on-t...

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moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 19:25

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Actually, I liked Yvett Lieberman's non-denial denial.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday said Israel "regretted" Britain's decision to expel an Israeli diplomat over the use of forged British passports by suspected killers of a Hamas commander in Dubai.
"We attribute great importance to our relations with Britain," Lieberman said in a statement from Brussels, where he was meeting with senior European Union officials.
"We hold a number of different and sensitive dialogues with them, and regret the British decision," Lieberman added. "We have never been given proof that Israel was involved in this affair."

And then there's Arye Eldad, who seems to be fighting his late dad's terror warfare against the Mandate (His late pater was Israel Sheib-Eldad, one of the leaders of the Stern Gang):

"I think [the] British are behaving hypocritically and I don't want to offend dogs on this issue, since some dogs are utterly loyal, who are they to judge us on the war on terror?"

All in all tho, and all things considered, the Israelis got off quite lightly.


cityca

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 20:36

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So there's just circumstantial proof that Mossad were implicated, yet on the strength of that, an Israeli diplomat is being slung out.

We have to hope that Brown and his gang are at the end of their inept careers. Mind you, is 'call me Dave' and his crew any better? With Haig agreeing with Miliband's action, I guess not.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 20:39

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Cityca, people have been convicted on much less circumstantial evidence.


Yvetta

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 21:46

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Yes, Moshe, but at least they had Ludovic Kennedy to obtain them posthumous pardons!


Yvetta

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 23:40

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Three times in Al Beeb's news this evening:
"... the murder of a Palestinian official ... of a Hamas leader ...of a Hamas commander".
Bit misleading, innit.


tomeisner2

Wed, 03/24/2010 - 00:00

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It is not misleading at all Yvetta. You see what you are now seeing is the shift in public opinion away from Israel. Israel is becoming a vote loser for politicians Israel in its current setup is going to lose.there is no way that this country can sustain its present course.


richmillett

Wed, 03/24/2010 - 00:37

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Even worse was to watch menzies campbell not able to bring himself to condone the actual assassination itself on Newsnight just now.

I almost choked on my Horlicks!


Ioana

Thu, 10/14/2010 - 17:37

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What does a country have to do to its ally to justify a diplomatic expulsion in your eyes? Stealing the passports of that ally’s citizens seems to me to be a pretty cardinal sin.
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