Sunday, February 21, 2010

Robert Fisk on the truth about assassination of Hamas official

Writing in The Independent Robert Fisk argues that the truth about the assassination of Hamas Commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh becomes murkier. Fisk writes, citing strategic leaks from his sources, that:
"The United Arab Emirates suspect – only suspect, mark you – that Europe's "security collaboration" with Israel has crossed a line into illegality, where British passports (and those of other other EU nations) can now be used to send Israeli agents into the Gulf to kill Israel's enemies".
Fisk reports that suspicion is growing that the assassination was a form of security collaboration between Israel's Mossad and intelligence agencies of European nations, including Great Britain. The assassins used official European passports, six of which belonged to British citizens, as well as passports of French, Irish and German citizens.

Israeli paper Haaretz reports today on the European connection. They report that Dubai officials are pressing European Union countries to investigate how European passports were used by the assassins. Haaretz also reports that the assassination command centre was run in Austria and that German officials, who are convinced of Mossad's involvement in the assassination are investigating the use of German passports.

Fisk concludes his recent piece with this:
"But for an Arab Gulf country which suspects its former masters (the UK, by name) may have connived in the murder of a visiting Hamas official, this is apparently now too much. There is much more to come out of this story. We will wait to see if there are any replies in Europe.

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