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Israeli official filmed threatening to ‘take down’ UK MP

Secret filming has revealed a senior political officer in the Israeli Embassy talking about how he would like to “take down” UK foreign office minister Alan Duncan, a vocal opponent of illegal Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank.




In the footage, a senior political officer at the Israeli embassy Shai Masot says Duncan was causing “a lot of problems”. He also called Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, “an idiot”.

In 2014 Duncan said that while he fully supports Israel’s right to exist, he believes settlements on occupied Palestinian land represent an “ever-deepening stain on the face of the globe”. He also likened the situation in Hebron in the occupied West Bank to apartheid.


The revelation came from a secretly captured film during a six-month undercover operation by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit.

In it, Masot is in conversation with Maria Strizzolo, who was then chief of staff to MP Robert Halfon, the deputy chairman of the ruling Conservative Party, and asks her if …

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