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Britain Boots Israeli Diplomat Over Fake Passport Scandal

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Posted on Mar 23, 2010
Dubai murder suspects
AP / Dubai Ruler's Media Office

The Dubai Ruler’s Media Office released these photos of 11 of 27 suspects wanted in connection with the killing of Hamas leader Mahmud al-Mabhuh in his Dubai hotel room in January.

An Israeli diplomat is packing his bags and leaving the United Kingdom in the wake of the forged-passport scandal that allowed a group of assassins to carry out their hit on a top Hamas official in Dubai two months ago.  —KA

The diplomat has been reported to be Israel’s top Mossad officer in the country.

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the expelled diplomat as Ambassador Ron Prosor. His job is safe, though he was “disappointed” by the news.


Foreign Secretary David Miliband told the Commons there were “compelling reasons” to believe Israel was responsible for the passport “misuse”.

[...] It is believed 12 fake British passports were used in the plot to murder Mr Mabhouh - the founder of Hamas’s military wing - in his hotel room in Dubai on 19 January.

The names and details on the UK passports used by eight of the 12 suspects belonged to British-Israeli citizens living in Israel - all of whom have denied involvement in Mr Mabhouh’s murder.

Their passports had been copied and new photographs inserted.

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By brinned, March 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm Link to this comment

It’s a stand, but I don’t know if it’s strong enough/ too strong.

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By ibhdez, March 24, 2010 at 10:37 am Link to this comment
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Good for them, they are at least taking a stand.

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By Robert, March 23, 2010 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment

Top Israeli Diplomat???...

Its “Top Israeli Mossad” Assassins scattered all over the world!

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By PatrickHenry, March 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm Link to this comment

They should terminate the British passport of all Israeli dual nationals. 

They should all be on an International no-fly list.

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By David, March 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment
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The above two comments sound like conspiracy theories and I think you two
should study your history better.

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