UK: This is absolutely sickening and a disgrace.
|A Muslim police officer has been excused from guarding London's Israeli Embassy after he objected to the duty on 'moral grounds'.
PC Alexander Omar Basha - a member of the Metropolitan Police's Diplomatic Protection Group - refused to be posted there because he objected to Israeli bombings in Lebanon and the resulting civilian casualties of fellow Muslims.
In a move which has caused widespread astonishment at Scotland Yard, senior officers in the DPG agreed that that PC Basha should be given an alternative posting.
The officer, who carries a gun, is now thought to be guarding another embassy.
Critics accused Met chiefs of bowing to political correctness, saying the decision set a dangerous precedent.
A senior source in the Metropolitan Police Federation said: 'We are expected to serve people without fear or favour. You treat them according to their needs whether you agree with their political or religious views or not.
'Officers should not be allowed to pick and choose where they work in this way.'|
This coming from a Tory member which is supposed to be the conservative party is astonishing.
|Richard Barnes, a Tory member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, accused senior officers of lacking tact.
He said: 'I think it was crass management in the first place. They should have recognised there could have been a problem and not suggested this officer be posted at this embassy.
'The Met keep banging on about diversity, but this case shows they have learned very little at all.'|
The UK has gone PC mad.
|A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed that PC Basha had objected to being posted to the Israeil Embassy.
He added: "On occasions and for a variety of reasons, an officer may ask to be moved, whatever role they perform. Every case is managed separately.
"At the end of the day the needs of the Metropolitan Police Service take precedence and the Commissioner reserves the right to post an officer where he sees fit."
PC Nadeem Malik, an executive committee member of the Association of Muslim Police, said: "There are around 300 Muslim staff working in the Met and a number of Muslim police working in the diplomatic protection group who do not have problem covering the Israeli Embassy. "These officers are Londoners, and Met police officers first and foremost."
PC Basha - in his late twenties and with a neatly-trimmed beard - is understood he has recently taken part in recent anti-war protests.
The Israeli Embassy in Kensington Palace Gardens is a top terror target. The building was attacked in 1994 by Palestinian fanatics when a 50lb car bomb exploded, injuring 9 and causing millions of pounds' damage.
Ex-Met Flying Squad commander John O'Connor, said: "This is the beginning of the end for British policing.
"If they can allow this, surely they'll have to accept a Jewish officer not wanting to work at an Islamic national embassy? Will Catholic cops be let off working at Protestant churches? Where will it end? This decision is going to allow officers to act in a discriminating and racist way.
"When you join the police, you do so to provide a service to the public. If you cannot perform those duties, you leave.
"The Metropolitan Police are setting a precedent they will come to bitterly regret. Top brass granted his wish as they were probably frightened of being accused of racism. But what they've done is an insult to the Jewish community."|
Unfortunately he is a former employee that makes the most sense. This Basha character should be fired immediately. You become a cop, you are their to protect and serve everyone in the community. You don't like Israel or Jews, you should have no business being with a badge. If this was a white guy saying he didn't want to protect a mosque. He would be gone.