Canada withdraws ambassador to Israel

Oct. 3, 1997
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OTTAWA, Oct. 3 -- Canada has recalled its ambassador to Israel in protest of Mossad spies using forged Canadian passports to gain entry to Amman last week in a foiled assassination attempt on an Islamic extremist. The Ottawa Sun reports today Ambassador David Berger has been ordered home from Tel Aviv after Canadian officials learned the two suspected Israeli spies used the false documents to enter Jordan.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy told reporters, 'We, of course, take great exception to the use of the reputation of Canadian passports for those kinds of purposes.' The two suspects, whose forged passports identified them as 28-year- old Shawn Kendall and 36-year-old Barry Beads, were arrested after spraying an unidentified chemical on Khaled Meshal in an attempt to murder the Hamas leader. Kendall, a native of Toronto whose passport reportedly was authentic but had expired and been altered, said from his home in Jerusalem: 'I am an innocent victim in some screwed up situation and I would like it to go away. 'I have already talked to the people at the embassy and they told me that I should just explain that it is a mistake and they are looking into it.' The Sun reports that Meshal was discharged Thursday after being hospitalized following the apparent try on his life. He said he was attacked by two men of Western appearance. Axworthy told reporters he had called Jordanian Crown Prince Hassan to assure him Canada had no involvement in the incident. Israel has officially denied any involvement in the attack. ---

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