[A] Muslim police officer was 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 PC Basha should be given an alternative posting. [...]
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 nine and causing millions of pounds’ damage. [...] It is understood the head of the Diplomatic Protection Group, Chief Supt Jamie Stephen, approved PC Basha’s request. His boss, Commander Peter Loughborough, was “consulted” about the case and agreed with his decision.