Friday, October 27, 2006

Update On Israeli Embassy Police Officer

Earlier this month it emerged that a Muslim police officer had been excused from guarding the Israeli embassy. The police tried their hardest to explain it away; we were given three different reasons why it was proper to allow him not to fulfill his duty:

1) He felt "uncomfortable and unsafe", according to the Association of Muslim Police Officers.

2) The Met told us it was because his family in Lebanon might face reprisals.

3) The Metropolitan Police Authority claimed that it was because, "the Met would be seriously criticised if this guy has relatives in Lebanon and his picture was used around the world to demonstrate the irony about having a Muslim defending the Israeli embassy in the UK."

Today all these excuses seemed even less likely. The Sun has obtained a photo of the officer with a Lebanese flag proudly displayed in his car. Still nothing to do with politics?