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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