Israeli EmbassyMuslim PC update
The BBC updates the story about the policeman excused Israeli embassy duty:
...Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson said the move followed a risk assessment and was "not about political correctness"...Yeah, not much it wasn't.
The Association of Muslim Police Officers said it had been a "welfare issue" not a political one - with the officer having a Syrian father and a Lebanese wife...I'm sure his colleagues would like to use that excuse too.
The association said Pc Basha had asked to be excused from his duties because he felt "uncomfortable and unsafe".
The Metropolitan Police Authority, which has also asked for a report, said officers often had to undertake duties where the subject conflicted with their personal beliefs.From the MPA bio of Peter Herbert:
But MPA member Peter Herbert said the row was a "ridiculous fuss about nothing" and attacked Sir Ian over an "unwise judgement" on opting so quickly for a review.
"From a security point of view, the Met would be seriously criticised if this guy has relatives in Lebanon and his picture was used around the world to demonstrate the irony about having a Muslim defending the Israeli embassy in the UK."
A barrister and chair of the Society of Black Lawyers, Peter is a campaigning human rights advocate…Say no more. If I worked for the BBC he'd be the first person I'd try to get a quote from too.