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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.

BBC:

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.

http://bit.ly/cCtJB1

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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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