I am utterly perplexed as to why the issue of the redeployment of PC Alexander Omar Basha away from security duties at the Israeli Embassy in London has caused such a fuss – see this article from The Guardian that explains the matter.
The official reason is that the Met was not sure of his own security – fair enough – but what if (as The Sun alleges) the decision was as a result of his own personal misgivings about Israel’s military intervention in Lebanon and family of his in Lebanon? Is this wrong? The media (and indeed politicians) seem to look at the police, or other organs of the state as precisely that – organs, organisations. These organisations are however made up of responsible, thinking people with their own ethical views, and that is completely right. Can PC Omar Basha have known what Israel would have done when he joined the police force? Probably not. Can he still be a committed member of the UK police? Of course.