Thursday, October 05, 2006

Muslim Cop Refuses to Guard Israeli Embassy--thank you!!

To be honest, a Muslim guarding the Israeli embassy is kinda like Sylvester and Tweety, no?

According to the Jerusalem Post, "Police Constable Alexander Omar Basha, a member of the Metropolitan Police's Diplomatic Protection Group, was reassigned after he refused to guard Israel's embassy in Kensington, West London." The London Times has similar reports. Alas, they aligned with the BBC (to whom I won't ever link, thanks!) in noting [emphasis added by me]:
Superintendent Dal Babu, the chairman of the Association of Muslim Police, said that the officer had asked for dispensation due to concerns about his welfare rather than political objections. "This is about the welfare of an individual and not about a moral issue," Mr Babu told the BBC today.
"I think we are going down a very, very slippery road if we start having postings based on individual officers’ conscience," he said. "As police officers we have to deal with some very, very difficult situations and we need to be objective and make sure that we police all members of the community fairly. We can’t pick and choose."


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