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British Passports for Murder – Israeli Friendly Fires

By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –

Britain summoned the Israeli ambassador, Ron Prosor, on 18th February 2010 to discuss the use of identities apparently stolen from six British citizens living in Israel, the British government said. British media seems scared covering this sensitive matter where British sovereignty has been clearly violated?

It seems there will be no place for the Jews to hide in the world thanks to the Israeli actions and annoyance all over the world. Be it spying in Pentagon by Jonathan Pollard in 1980s, Sinking of the US Navy spy ship USS Liberty, using of Canadian passports for the assassination of Hamas leader Abdullah Meshal in Jordan, attempt to obtain New Zealand passports, Spying in Pentagon by Israeli mole arrested by FBI in August 2004, and now alleged Israeli involvement in the Dubai Assassination of a HAMAS leader in which Dubai Police pointed fingers pointed at Israel’s spy agency Mossad. Its agents accused of using fake passports of European citizens.

Passports used by assassins not fake: The passports used by the assassins of the Hamas Commander, Mahmoud Al Mabhouh, were not fake, said the Dubai Police Commander-in Chief, Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim on 18th February 2010. At the same time the Commander-in-Chief said that Dubai Police has more evidence, apart from the tapes and photos that were revealed earlier. Dubai Police has identified eleven people suspected to have been involved in the killing of Al Mabhouh, who was assassinated in a Dubai hotel last month. The suspects include six British nationals, one French, one German and three Irish nationals, including one woman. Lt. Gen. Tamim pointed out that the European passports used by the team which allegedly killed Mahmud al-Mabhuh last month were not fakes and that Dubai immigration officers were “trained” by European security experts to spot such documents. “This training qualifies immigration officers to spot fake passports. They applied these procedures at Dubai airport when the alleged (killers) entered the country,” he said. “No forgery was found in those passports.”

With Dubai police’s disclosure of the names and photos of the alleged hit team, fingers have been pointed at Israel’s spy agency Mossad and its agents accused of using fake passports of European citizens. Britain summoned the Israeli ambassador, Ron Prosor, on Thursday to discuss the use of identities apparently stolen from six British citizens living in Israel, the British government said. The question is how British Government reacts and how much seriously they take the matter. British Government is already turning a blind eye to the fact that young British Jews are receiving active military every year from the Israeli Defence Forces during summer vacations. The British government don’t have a clue how many young British Jews have received military training. Surely it is far more dangerous and security issue than few British born Pakistanis attending a madrassas school in Pakistan?

The question is for how long Israelis keep hiding behind the strong American and British Jewish lobbies, Walls, anti Semitism black mail and world will tolerate their actions and double standards of the so called civilised democracies. Governments might do but people will not. They bit again hand that feed and protect them i.e. US Tax payers.

Israeli Spy in the US Pentagon (August 2004)

Few years ago the FBI said it has evidence that a person who has been working at high levels in the Pentagon may be a spy for Israel, senior U.S. officials have confirmed to CNN reported on 28th August 2004. The alleged “mole” working for Israel could have been in a position to influence Bush administration policy toward Iran and Iraq, one of the officials said. However, another government official said the suspect is “not in a level to influence policy.”

“He is an analyst in an undersecretary’s office,” this official said.

Sources said the FBI investigation has been going on for many months and more than one government employee is under investigation. A senior Pentagon official confirmed to CNN that Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld “had been made generally aware that the Justice Department had an investigation going on.”

The Pentagon issued a statement confirming it “has been cooperating with the Department of Justice on this matter for an extended period of time.” “It is the DOD [Department of Defence understanding that the investigation within the DOD is limited in its scope.”

CBS News, which first reported the story, said the FBI had developed evidence against the suspect, including photographs and conversations recorded through wiretaps. The network said the alleged spy has ties to two senior Pentagon officials: Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Undersecretary of Defence Douglas Feith.

Multiple sources have told CNN that the investigation is well along, and one government official described the evidence against the suspect as a “slam dunk case” and said “there has been no decision to prosecute the individual.”

Officials said the suspect passed classified documents to Israel through the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbying group. But AIPAC released a statement late Friday calling the news reports “false and baseless.”

The statement said AIPAC learned Friday that “the government is investigating an employee of the Department of Defence for possible violations in handling confidential information.”

A designation of the material as confidential would indicate a much lower level of secrecy than if it had been designated as classified.

AIPAC said it “is cooperating fully” with government authorities, including providing documents and information and making staff members available for interviews. Sources told CNN that two AIPAC employees have been interviewed in the case by the FBI.

“Neither AIPAC nor any of its employees has violated any laws or rules, nor has AIPAC or its employees ever received information they believed was secret or classified,” the statement said. Still, one U.S. source is calling the case “a very serious matter.”

David Siegel, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, denied the allegations.

“The United States is Israel’s most cherished friend and ally. We have a strong, ongoing, working relationship at all levels, and in no way would Israel do anything to impair this relationship.”

An Israeli official in Washington said the U.S. government has not contacted the Israelis about any such investigation. Despite the close relationship between the two countries, espionage against the United States on behalf of Israel would not be without precedent. Former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard is serving a life sentence for passing classified material to Israel.

The Justice Department, speaking for the FBI, refused to comment, saying only, “We cannot confirm or deny the report.” An FBI spokesman said the bureau has no comment on the CBS report. The FBI reportedly suspects that the analyst gave Israel access to secret material on US policy towards Iran reported BBC 28 August, 2004… US broadcaster CBS television said the suspect had ties to high-ranking officials at the Pentagon. The suspected spy is said to have links to Douglas Feith, a key adviser to Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Mr Feith, along with Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, is believed to have played a key role in planning the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. An arrest could be made as early as next week, according to an official interviewed by the Associated Press news agency. The BBC’s Nick Childs in Washington says this is potentially a very serious development because Israel is one of America’s closest allies.

However, he adds that Israel has been accused of spying on the US before. A former US navy intelligence analyst, Jonathan Pollard, was arrested in 1985 and sentenced to life imprisonment.

The senior Democrat on the US House of Representatives’ Armed Services Committee, Ike Skelton, said he was deeply “concerned and angered” by the espionage reports. “This is a very, very serious allegation and we just can’t tolerate anything like this at all,” he said.

The investigation into the alleged spy apparently involved the use of electronic surveillance devices, including wire taps. An anonymous security official interviewed by AP appears to confirm a claim in the CBS report that the suspect is thought to have passed on the classified information to a pro-Israel lobby group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

David Siegel, a spokesman for Israel’s embassy in Washington said it “categorically” denied the allegations. Israel has said it will carry out a preemptive strike against Iranian nuclear reactors if it feels threatened. Iran, in turn, has warned it will hit back with a similar strike on Israel.

To be continued

(Dr Shahid Qureshi is British Journalist and Security analyst)

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