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Dep Comm Stephenson said: "At the height of the Israeli/Lebanon conflict in August this year the officer made his managers aware of his personal concerns.
"These included that he had Lebanese family members. A risk assessment was undertaken, which is normal practice.
"It was as a result of this and not because of the officer's personal views - that the decisions was taken temporarily not to deploy him to the Embassy."
Senior Jewish figures called it a "grave error" and said police officers had a moral responsibility to protect all British citizens.
However, others described the story as a "ridiculous fuss over nothing". Sources said the officer, who has a Syrian father and a Lebanese wife, had not refused the posting on moral grounds.
He was apparently willing to take up the posting but was concerned about the safety implications for his family if he was spotted guarding the embassy. It also emerged that the incident related to just one two-hour slot outside the embassy, which was not on the officer's usual duty rota, on one particular day.
Originally posted by magicmushroom
EiS the police officer should be congraulated on the fact that he was standing up for his rights as an individual to express his views. His race or religion has nothing to do with the issue, its you yourself who's making it an issue.
People in a democratic country have the right to express their views and opinions if they do not agree with something, a right you seem to want to deny. The fact that this person was a Muslim and a policeman dossent mean his rights should be removed anymore than your right to post on ATS.