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Will Australia stand up to Israeli passport threat? (don’t hold your breath)

The fun continues (and let’s see how serious Australia takes this clear Zionist breach; I’m guessing they’ll be a little public fury but not much else):

Police have 15 more suspects in the assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai, including three who were allegedly travelling on Australian passports, CNN reported last night.

Included in the list of names suspected of killing Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in his hotel last month were Australian passport holders Nicole Sandra McCabe, Adam Marcus Korman and Joshua Daniel Bruce, all from Melbourne.

On Tuesday, the Israeli Opposition Leader, Tzipi Livni, praised the killing, which Dubai accuses Israel of organising. Israel has not commented about its involvement.

”The fact that a terrorist was killed, and it doesn’t matter if it was in Dubai or Gaza, is good news to those fighting terrorism,” she said.

The issue of the passports used has created a diplomatic furore in which Israeli envoys in Ireland, Britain, Germany and France have been called in for talks.

Police have traced the suspects’ travel routes and their destinations before and after Mr Mabhouh’s death.

”The suspects gathered in Dubai and dispersed to various locations before pairing up again in different teams and heading off to other destinations,” the statement said.

The Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, said this morning that it was the government’s ‘‘job to confirm the facts’’.

‘‘But we will not be silent on this matter … it really goes to the integrity and fabric of the use of state documents, which passports are, for other purposes,” he said.

‘‘That’s why we will not leave a single stone unturned.’’

Australian government officials would be contacting the families of three people named as passport holders, Mr Rudd said.

Mr Korman, 34, is Australian-born but lives in Tel Aviv, where he sells musical instruments, the ABC has reported.

He told Israel’s biggest newspaper Yediot Aharonot he was shocked over what has happened.

‘‘It’s identity theft, simply unbelievable,’’ he was quoted as saying.

‘‘I have travelled all over the world but never visited Dubai or the United Arab Emirates.’’

Mr Rudd said the government would be looking at ways to restore the integrity of the Australians involved if it was established their passports had been forged.

Australia had prided itself on having one of the most ‘‘efficient, effective and secure’’ passport systems in the world.

‘‘Australian travel documents generally are held in the highest regard … that’s what really worries me as well,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s not just the good name of Australia, it’s not just our adherence to the principles of international law, it is also the safety of the Australian travelling public.’’

The Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith, would make a more detailed statement later today following his meeting with Israeli ambassador, Mr Rudd said.

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  • Sam


    I think the Media are missing the point…that The Hamas Militant was a Terroist!

    You should also make mention to your avid readers that Two Palistinans are among the 15 Suspects & 3 of the suspects fled Dubai by ship to Iran after the assanation of the Hamas Militant.

  • Sam

    I meant  Hamas 'Terrorist'!

  • Australia's response

    It is interesting Stephen Smith indicated he called the Israeli ambassador about this issue and yet when Israel invaded Gaza he showed ambivalence to the invasion and sided with Israel – regardless of proportionality.

    Statement on the abuse of Australian passports

    Statement to Parliament

    25 February 2010

    On the 20th of January this year, senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was found murdered in a hotel room in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

    On the 16th of February, police in Dubai announced that falsified passports from the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany had been used in connection with the case.

    Late on the 22nd of February, Dubai authorities approached Australian officials in the UAE with an enquiry about two Australian passports in possible connection with the murder.

    Late on the 23rd of February this week, Dubai authorities confirmed to Australian officials that they were investigating the use of a total of three Australian passports in connection with the murder.

    Since that time, Australian officials have been fully cooperating with the Dubai authorities in their investigations.

    Yesterday, Wednesday the 24th of February, I spoke to my counterpart, United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah.

    I advised him that the Australian Government was taking the matter extremely seriously and that the Australian Government, its officials and its agencies would continue to fully cooperate with Dubai authorities.

    Overnight, Dubai authorities announced publicly that, in connection with the murder, they were investigating three people who had used Australian passports.

    The passports concerned were under the names of Joshua Bruce, Adam Korman and Nicole McCabe.

    The Australian Government is very gravely concerned that these Australian passports appear to have been used fraudulently.

    The Government has asked the Australian Federal Police to investigate the possible fraudulent use of these passports.

    The Australian Federal Police will conduct a full investigation with the assistance of the Australian Passport Office and other relevant agencies, including the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, ASIO.

    The Australian Federal Police will continue to cooperate closely with authorities in Dubai in the investigation into the murder of al-Mabhouh.

    Preliminary analysis by the Australian Federal Police, together with the Australian Passport Office, shows that the three Australian passports appear to have been duplicated or altered.

    At this stage, Australian officials have no information, no information to suggest that the three Australian passport holders were involved in any way, other than as victims of passport or identity fraud.

    The Australian Government condemns in the strongest possible terms the misuse and the abuse of Australian passports.

    Mr Deputy Speaker, earlier this morning I called in Israeli Ambassador to Australia, Ambassador Yuval Rotem.

    I made it clear to the Ambassador that the Australian Government regards this as a matter of the gravest concern.

    I underlined to Ambassador Rotem that Australia expected the Israeli Government, its officials and its agencies, to cooperate fully and transparently with the Australian Federal Police investigation into this matter.

    Mr Deputy Speaker, we will all be rightly concerned about the impact this incident will have on the Australians concerned, and their families.

    Officials from the Australian Passport Office have been in the process of contacting Mr Bruce, Mr Korman, and Ms McCabe and their families.

    We will, of course, offer the three Australians full consular support and assistance.

    The Australian Government is committed to ensuring the integrity of Australia’s passports.

    Considerable resources and effort is put into ensuring the integrity of the Australian passport.

    Indeed, Australia is a recognised leader in the development and implementation of secure passport technology.

    Regrettably, no document is ever completely safe from people who try to tamper with it for criminal or illegal purposes.

    The three passports in question here were issued in 2003.

    Since that time there have been a number of significant enhancements to Australian passports.

    The Australian Government will continue to make the security and integrity of the Australian passport system one of its highest priorities.

    Mr Deputy Speaker, I will keep the House informed of developments in this matter.

    Media inquiries

  • Kevin Charles Herber


    Poor old Sam….he just doesn't understand that Hamas are freedom fighters, waging war against the Israeli terrorist occupiers of their lands for the past 43 years.

    People like Sam are the best supporter of  Hamas , due to his silly, armchair militarist view of Israel.

    Next Sam will be telling us that Iran's Ahmadinejad has publicly called for Israel to be blown off the face of the map !!!!!!!