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Mr Smith confirmed investigations by Australian Federal Police, ASIO and ASIS showed Israel fabricated the passports of four Australians who also had Israeli nationality.

By political correspondent Emma Rodgers : abc.net.au, news

 

Australian Passports Forged By Mossad

 

The Federal Government is expelling an Israeli diplomat after it found Israel faked Australian passports that were used in a hit on a Hamas leader in Dubai.

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith today condemned the fraud as “not the act of a friend” and a clear affront to Australia that cannot be tolerated.

“This is not what we expect from a nation with whom we have had such a close, friendly and supportive relationship,” he said.

In February several forged Australian passports were used in the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

Mr Smith confirmed investigations by Australian Federal Police, ASIO and ASIS showed Israel fabricated the passports of four Australians who also had Israeli nationality.

“The high quality of these counterfeited passports points to involvement of a state intelligence service,” he said.

“These investigations and advice have left the Australian Government in no doubt that Israel was responsible for the abuse and counterfeiting of these passports.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs summoned the Charge D’affairs to request that it remove one of its diplomats within the week.

“The Government takes this step much more in sorrow than anger or retaliation,” Mr Smith said.

“It is a decision taken in our national security interest.

“The department conveyed the Government’s deep disappointment over Israel’s involvement in this affair.”

The diplomat who has been expelled has not been named and it is not known whether they will return or be replaced at a later stage.

Mr Smith said Australia would now work on rebuilding its relationship and reminded Israel friendship was a “two-way street”.

He also said Israel should realise it is on notice that if it again fabricates Australian passports similar or stronger action would be taken.

When asked if Israel had acknowledged its part in the affair or had apologised, Mr Smith replied: “In terms of the substance of these matters Israel has not been drawn in those conversations or drawn on those matters.”

Consular assistance

Nicole McCabe, Joshua Bruce, Adam Korman and Joshua Krycer have been named as the Australians whose passports were forged. All four live in Israel.

Mr Smith says replacement passports have been issued and consular assistance is still being provided to the four Australians.

An Australian Federal Police (AFP) team travelled to Israel to investigate the matter as well as the director-general of ASIO earlier this month.

Dubai authorities had said they were almost 100 per cent certain the Israeli spy agency, Mossad, was responsible for the hit.

Dubai claimed the assassins also used Irish, French and German passports to travel through the state.

Israel has maintained there is no proof it was behind the assassination.

Earlier this year, Britain expelled an Israeli diplomat after an investigation by its Serious Organised Crime Agency found that 12 forged British passports used in the assassination were copied from real documents.

It said the copies were made after the passports were handed over for inspection “to individuals linked to Israel”.

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4 Comments

  1. Earlaiman on the 24. May, 2010 remarked #

    With two sovereign nations taking official diplomatic action against Israel, and naming the actual reasons, identity theft, fraud, deception and murder, the world press will have to report, more or less fairly, on the case, and people will begin talking and asking more questions without the fears of intimidation and being called racist.

    The ancient Greeks had a cautionary warning about hubris, which is second cousin to chutzpah!

    Bigotry or not, Israeli chutzpah and foreign policy have brought it upon themselves and their people worldwide by their own brutality and refusal to recognize the human values of the rest of the world in which they live.

    Pity the unfortunate Jew for what his Zionist “leaders” are about to bring down on his heads in the name of Zionism.

    Their defenders, the ADL and their ilk will, of course, mis-label it as “anti-Semitic,” and blame all the wrong people, for all of the wrong reasons.

    Earlaiman

  2. Debbie on the 24. May, 2010 remarked #

    “This time too we went too far” to paraphrase Honorable Prof. Norman Finkelstein

    Long before the Jews came on the scene, the gods warned the Achaeans of excess hubris, and cautioned them to exercise all passions in moderation, lest they anger the gods.

    Hubris was the sin of Achilleus which brought him down. Many a man has been brought down because he tried to fly higher than the gods intended man to fly.

    It is the story of the Tower, and many proud and arrogant kings.

    If only America had read the classics….

    – Debbie

  3. rexw on the 24. May, 2010 remarked #

    I wrote this letter to the gutsy Minister of Foreign Affairs in Australia, one of the few countries that refuses to be jerked around by the insidious Israelis as they try to run riot over justice and humanity, words that have long since lost their meaning in the warlike and most hated state of Israel….

    Well done, Minister.

    Knowing the pressures that you no doubt received from any number of circles in relation to this decision, including some no doubt from within your party, I feel you should know that in the minds of most fair-minded Australians, your decision was the right one and absolutely justified.

    I spend most waking hours in reading and contributing to the underground press located in very large proportions on the Internet and know the influences that have caused and are still causing the serious erosion in US foreign policy at the moment which have brought to an end the real efforts at a just solution in the Middle East. These same influences are trying to promote another war similar to Iraq and Afghanistan with Iran, a non-combatant nation with no nuclear weapons and a signatory to the NPT. We trust you and your government will show the same fair-minded approach to this matter as well and not follow blindly the path the US is taking as a subservient puppet to Israel.

    In light of all these things your decision renews some hope for people everywhere and particularly the long-suffering peoples in Palestine that at least one country has not bowed to such pressure. That is indeed a cause for appreciation of your efforts.

    Finally, millions of people will be very grateful to you for your efforts and we all thank you, sincerely.

    Rex Williams

  4. terry on the 25. May, 2010 remarked #

    Not good enough !! If I or anyone else forged those passports a jail sentence would imminent, people involved in this crime must be put before a judge, and jailed if/when found guilty and then deported after completing the sentence

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