But what really leapt out at me was this bit near the bottom:
The Foreign Office was investigating how the identities of six innocent Britons — at least three of whom lived in Israel — came to be used by the alleged hit team. […]As police in Dubai released CCTV footage of the suspects, some of the Britons whose identities were stolen voiced their anger after waking up to discover that they had been named in the plot.“I have not left Israel for two years and I certainly have not been to Dubai recently,” said Kent-born Paul Keeley, 42, a builder who has lived on a Kibbutz in northern Israel for the past 15 years.“When I first heard about this I immediately looked to make sure my passport was still there and it was. It has not been stolen, so I don’t know what on earth has happened.“I woke up this morning and suddenly my life is like an espionage movie. It is all very worrying but I know I have not done anything wrong.”Mr Keeley’s mother, Joan, of Yalding, near Maidstone, said the picture released by the Dubai police of a suspect named as “Paul Keeley” was similar to her son, suggesting that his identity had been used because of his resemblance to the alleged assassin. […]The Foreign Office said the British passports were “fraudulent”, while the Irish foreign ministry said it had issued “no such passports” in the names used. A spokesman for the government in Berlin said the passport number on the German document was also fake.Another of the suspects named in Dubai was Harrow-born Melvyn Mildiner, 31, who lives near Jerusalem, and who said he was “angry, upset and scared” to discover that his passport had been forged.“It’s not me, which is one silver lining to this entire story because at least I can point to it and say, ‘Look, that’s not me.’ It’s not the picture that I have in my passport and it’s not the picture that I have on my face that I walk around with every day,” he said.“I have my passport. It’s in my house, and there are no Dubai stamps on it because I’ve never been to Dubai.”Mr Mildiner, who bears a resemblance to the picture on the forged passport used by the alleged assassin, added: “I don’t know how this happened or who chose my name or why, but hopefully we’ll find out soon.”The other Britons named in Dubai were Salford-born Stephen Hodes, 37, who works as a physiotherapist at a hospital in Jerusalem; Michael Lawrence Barney, 55, originally of north London, who is also understood to live in Israel; Jonathan Louis Graham, 31, of north London; and James Leonard Clarke, 47, who until recently lived in Brighton.
Even Canada, eh? Pity.And it’s not just Canada. The Emerald Isle is also full of questions now:
Mossad hit squads were known to have used forged foreign passports. Canada and New Zealand have both had disputes with Israel in recent years over suspected Mossad agents trying to use forged passports on operations.
Things that make you (and France, and Germany) go “hmmmm”, eh?There is literally no blow too low for the Mossad to strike, it seems. Interpol also wants a piece of these guys now. And yet, Peter Kent said just the other day that an attack on Israel is an attack on Canada. Well, Peter? Let’s see you explain this. And please, make it a good one. I want to know just how Interpol could possibly be tarred as “anti-Canadian”.Especially since they’re going after an Israeli spy organization with a known history of forging Canadian passports.
The Irish government says the trio of alleged passport-holders identified on Monday in Dubai as Gail Folliard, Evan Dennings and Kevin Daveron do not appear in Ireland’s records of legitimate passport-holders.“We are unable to identify any of those three individuals as being genuine Irish citizens. Ireland has issued no passports in those names,” the department said in a statement to The Associated Press.The Irish government says the passport numbers publicised by Dubai authorities also are counterfeits, because they have the wrong number of digits and contain no letters.