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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Foreign Office warns British passports not safe in Israel

The DT reports:

The Government said Britons travelling in Israel should “only hand their passports over to third parties including Israeli officials when absolutely necessary”.

And let’s remind ourselves: Israel is supposed to be a British ally.

Can you imagine the furore, if say, Iran had been illegally cloning British passports?
They'd be calling for war, not just expelling a single diplomat.

Meanwhile, the DT reports: ‘members of the Israeli parliament likened the British government to “anti-Semitic dogs”

“The British are being hypocritical, and I do not wish to insult dogs here, since some dogs show true loyalty, [but] who gave the British the right to judge us on the war on terror?” said Arieh Eldad, a Right-wing member of the Knesset.

Another member, Michael Ben-Ari, said: “Dogs are usually loyal, the British may be dogs, but they are not loyal to us. They seem to be loyal to the anti-Semitic establishment.”

Again, can you imagine the outcry if members of the Iranian Parliament labelled the British 'Islamophobic dogs'?

UPDATE: George Galloway has called for the closure of the Israeli embassy in London.

“Just imagine the response if Iranian intelligence agents had forged British passports and used them to travel to Dubai and assassinate an Israeli official.
“There would be much more dramatic retaliation and at the very least the threat of military reprisal, and probably action itself.
“No one is suggesting that. But the Israeli embassy in London should be closed at least until we get to the bottom of this affair. Every British citizen travelling in the Middle East has been endangered by the actions of Mossad operating from the Israeli embassy in London. Protecting British citizens abroad demands nothing less than closing that centre of espionage at home.”

More over at Socialist Unity.

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