Israeli agents tried to obtain Australian passports in 2004

Ali Kazak

Ali Kazak

Yesterday’s revelation, that three members of the Mossad hit squad that assassinated Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last January, used Australian passports, has shocked Australian public opinion. In reality, however, the Australian government had been warned in as early as 2004 that Israeli agents were trying to obtain Australian passports for use in international espionage operations. In March of that year, Ali Kazak, who was the Head of the General Palestinian Delegation to Australia and New Zealand, publicly revealed that Israeli Mossad agents had approached members of the Middle Eastern community in both countries, seeking to purchase usable passports. He even said that one Mossad agent active in Sydney had managed to acquire as many as 25 Australian passports before returning to Israel. Intelligence observers will remember that, later in the same year, Mossad agents Eli Cara and Uriel Zoshe Kelman were arrested in Wellington, while trying to obtain fraudulent New Zealand passports. The two agents, who had flown undercover to New Zealand form Australia, aroused the suspicion of a Kiwi immigration official by trying to fake New Zealand accents. Their arrest caused a major diplomatic rift between New Zealand and Israel, which culminated in the withdrawal of the New Zealand diplomatic mission from Israel for a year and a half. This could indeed be why no New Zealand passports were used by the Mossad this time around.

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One Response to Israeli agents tried to obtain Australian passports in 2004

  1. Van says:

    More developments:

    “DUBAI police say they now have fingerprint DNA traces of one of the killers of top Hamas militant leader Mahmud al-Mabhuh.

    “We have DNA evidence … from the crime scene. The DNA of the criminals is there,” the Gulf emirate’s police chief Dhahi Khalfan said on the Arab satellite television Al-Arabiya.

    “We have the fingerprints, traces of DNA, and we know what they look like because of the (surveillance) cameras which have revealed the whole operation,” the police chief said.

    (Dubai Police Chief) Khalfan, quoted in Al-Bayan daily on Friday, said officers from the United Arab Emirates and from at least seven other countries in Europe, Australia and perhaps the United States would form a special unit to hunt the killers.

    Some of his officers have travelled to several “European countries concerned” with the investigation, the government-owned daily reported.”

    “AUSTRALIANS travelling to Dubai will have to obtain a visa, be fingerprinted and have an iris scan in the wake of the Mossad hit squad passport scandal.

    The Australian Government requires people from the United Arab Emirates, which includes Dubai, to hold a visa to enter this country, but until now that strict condition was not reciprocated.”

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