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Ireland blocks EU's Israel plan
Fri, 09 Jul 2010 09:41:57 GMT
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Ireland has positioned a stronger stance against Israel by blocking a European Union plan to allow the sharing of European citizens' personal data with Tel Aviv.

According to a spokesman for Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern, the Irish government had the “gravest concern” that information supplied to Israeli officials could be used to forge passports for use by intelligence agencies.

“It may well be the case that Israel provides data protections which meet EU standards,” the spokesman said.

“But the Minister believes the EU committee has to take very serious account of the forgery of EU passports - including Irish ones - by Israel in recent months,” he added.

“Personal data provided innocently to Israeli officials by Irish citizens was used in forging passports. Other EU countries, particularly the UK, had similar experiences and that is a matter of the gravest concern,” he further explained.

Israel's intelligence agency Mossad used fake Irish passports in January while on an assassination mission in Dubai, which led to the killing of senior official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

Mabhouh, a senior commander in the armed wing of the Islamic movement, was killed in his hotel room on January 19 in Dubai by a hit squad of at least 11 people carrying forged European passports, according to the Dubai police.

According to Dubai police, the 11 suspects had European passports: one French, three Irish, six British, and one German. A French national, identified as Peter Elvinger allegedly acted as the logistical mastermind in the Dubai hit.

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