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Yo, can we crash in your pad for a couple of days?

Hi Kevin, how’s the IT business..? Wow, that’s very interesting… Zzzzzzz… Are you wearing fake tan, Evan? No, no… I don’t want a makeover, but its sweet of you to ask… Hell-ooo Gail… How you doing? These are the faces of supposed Irish “citizens” Kevin Daveron, Evan Dennings and Gail Folliard, actually part of the Ocean’s 11-esque Mossad unit who assassinated senior Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last month.

Leaving aside for the moment issues of morality, sovereignty and international law, you gotta admit this was a pretty bad ass operation. Predictably, Mossad is saying nothing about it. But that hasn’t stopped the Israeli press from gloating about its success.

UPDATE: there’s a more comprehensive CCTV footage here.

February 17th, 2010.

29 Responses to “Yo, can we crash in your pad for a couple of days?”

  1. ciaran Says:

    Gail is only sexy in that picture. In the CCTV footage she looks a bit of a minger.

  2. Eoin Says:

    @ Ciaran – that’s only because she’s in disguise. Besides, any woman who can kill you is automatically sexy…

  3. baz Says:

    Re any woman who can kill you is automatically sexy. Ahem!


  4. ciaran Says:

    Nuff said


  5. Eoin Says:

    I spoke without thinking. I apologise.

  6. sean Says:

    I’d have to disagree with ciaran there. Catherine Nevin wouldn’t kill you. She have someone else do the job. Not quite the same thing.

    Also Eoin, I notice some in Israel are worried about a “diplomatic row” with UK but no mention of being worried about row with Ireland. Unbelievable! Don’t they remember the number we did on Slovakia when they fucked with us???

  7. Eoin Says:

    @ Sean – true, true.

    Re: Slovakia, I presume you’re talking about this.


    Yeah, they should be running scared!

  8. Conal Says:

    @sean. Re: Diplomatic rows. I did notice a funny attitude of wary dismissal towards Ireland by some in Israel, a country of roughly the same size with strong links to the US, a largely english speaking population with a troubled history, redundant persecution complex and a strong family orientated society with a penchant for traditions and corruption. On paper we should get on like a house on fire.

  9. Eoin Says:

    Militarily too, I think we’re both much-of-a-muchness. I’ll see your Mossad and raise you an FCA….

  10. Lisa Says:

    I think the Palestinians feel much more an affinity with the Irish. All about being the underdog. Isn’t there an Ireland-Palestine solidarity group or something? I think Bobby Sands is big out there as well.

  11. Eoin Says:

    That’s true, they do. When I was in Gaza – basically a million and a half people dispossessed and crammed into an oversized shopping centre car park, bombed, bulldozed, besieged, bombed again, bulldozed again etc. – and yet practically everyone I met said “Well, you’re Irish… You must understand what this is like for us…”

    I can only assume the Palestinians learned their Irish history from the same source as Damien Dempsey i.e. some sort of Ladybird Provo Propaganda for Kids leaflet…

  12. Kate Says:

    The Irish guy i was traveling with was a celebrity. Did you get the whole “you are the IRA, we are the PLO. We work together!” That’s coming from folk in Hebron.

    Fatah arranged training for the IRA in Libya and Lebanon in the 70s and their relationship continued, although Arafat was unwilling. Maybe in some strange turn of events this will bring fatah and hamas together…

    Hamas dude: “arafat was always weary of the irish”

    Other hamas dude: “yeah, and now the irish have killed al-mabhouh”

    Hamas dude: “lets make peace with our irish-skeptic, israel-accepting brothers”

    far-fetched?? It certainly would confuse the hell out of Mossad.

    Also, couldnt resist the opportunity to drop in here that i’ve been to the west bank. not as bad ass as gaza though 😉

  13. Eoin Says:

    West Bank Shmest Shmank, Kate. My Granny was in the West Bank!

  14. Conal Says:

    I lived in Limerick once

  15. Conal Says:

    The plot thickens:

  16. Eoin Says:

    Also this by Robert Fisk today

  17. Kate Says:

    in the words of K. Rudd…

    Oh no they didnt!


  18. Eoin Says:

    I’d say, from Israel’s point of view, pissing off Australia is only a smidgeon up the scale-of-giving-a-shit from pissing off the Irish. They could care less.

  19. Kate Says:

    haha of course.
    i’d say it’s also a bit of an incidental pleasure. We pissed off Mossad ever since we converted Vanunu.

  20. Eoin Says:

    Since you mention it, I sat at the next table to Vanunu in the garden at the American Colony in Jerusalem last summer. Poor guy looked like a nervous wreck. He was faced towards the entrance, eyes darting about the place, holding the table every time anyone came up the drive way.

    The guy I was eating with, who had interviewed him a couple of years before that, said he’d never seen him looking so relaxed!

    Then again, he had two really hot woman with him. So swings and roundabouts really, I suppose.

  21. Kate Says:

    hahaha i had a similar experience. He is probably the most tense person i’ve met. Though I couldnt figure out whether his eyes were darting or whether he was having a bit of a flirt. But you can’t blame the guy either way… That long in isolation would send anyones eyes into any form of intense activity. Once you get talking to him, he’s facinating and indeed he’s quite the charmer.

    Also, you’d think he’d have learnt his lesson re hot women 😉

  22. Eoin Says:

    Well he’s definitely got an eye for the ladies. If it’s not in bad taste to say so, isn’t that kind of what landed him in trouble in the first place?

    Well, that and the old nuclear whistleblowing…

  23. Kate Says:

    I can’t believe you went there.

  24. Eoin Says:

    All I’m saying that, if he was gay, he’d have been a free man all these years!

  25. Kate Says:

    i dont know. are you saying that gay men are incapable of mastering the art of seduction?


    although, it might have been a bit tricky having Rome as scene of the abduction in the 80s.

  26. Eoin Says:

    Yeah, he’d totally eloped with those guys…

  27. Conal Says:

    Kate at the top of the article you link to, the picture is titled “The three Australian passports used in the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh”. However two of the passports photographed are Irish….

    …Australia is trying to steal our stolen identities!

  28. Eoin Says:

    Ha… the final indignity.

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