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Dear Sir

Just to introduce myself, I was the young man who climbed onto the roof of the Iraqi Embassy in London during the demonstration in 1969 (after the murder of the 9 Jews in Baghdad) and placed the Israeli flag on the Embassy roof. I have been living in Israel since 1970 and my family are always asking me if I have any newspaper cuttings of the event (I am now married to an Iraqi) and have three grown up children. If by any way you could obtain for me any photos or such I would be much obliged.


Colin Silver


Mr Dangoor remembers that incident because he was there. We understood at the time that a person went up to remove the Iraqi flag and was stabbed by one of the Embassy's guards. We did not know about someone trying to place the Israeli flag on the Embassy roof. As it was dark and was a short incident obviously no photo was taken of the incident. Please recount your whole story and send us a photograph with your family, for our journal.

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Colin Silver’s reply:

Thank you for your reply. I would like to refresh Mr Dangoor’s memory and tell you the complete story of what happened that night. I had arrived at the Iraqi Embassy for the demonstration with a close friend, Mr Harry Bidney. (We were both from the infamous ‘62’ group). After about 15 mins of standing outside and shouting, a person that we knew came up to us and gave to Harry an Israeli flag saying it would be a good idea to put in on the Embassy. Being the youngest there (26), it was sugested that I find a way on to the roof and spread the flag there ( for the TV cameras). I took the flag and entered a hotel which was, if I remember rightly, about three houses away. On the third floor of the hotel I found a fire escape and climbed outside and climbed up an escape ladder onto the roof. I climbed across the roofs and draped the flag on the front of the building.

On returning down to the demonstration I realised that I had put the flag on the wrong building, so I decided to go back up and put it on the Embassy. At this time I was joined by another man who, if I remember rightly, was called Israel-something. So we went up again the same way, me leading, and he was behind me. Uknown to us the people in the Embasy must have seen the flag on the next door building and when we managed to get on the Embassy roof they were waiting for us. We were standing on a narrow ledge which surrounds the roof and I had just removed the Iraqi flag and replaced it with the Israeli when two men started to run toward us on the roof, one of them fired a pistol (two shots) which were later found in the wall of the building opposite. We both must have panicked and tried to get back the way we came but this man Israel was struggling with one of the guards and blocking my escape (the ledge was about 16in wide). I hit the guard in the face and he fell backwards. Israel started running back the way we came, and I was behind him. We got back to the hotel and climbed down. On arriving in the street Israel suddenly fell down saying, “I’ve been stabbed”. I stayed with him for about 3-5mins and then decided TO DISAPPEAR. Unfortunately as I tried to run I was stopped by a police officer and was taken to the police station for questioning, after which I was released.

That is the story....the picture of Israel on the floor outside the hotel and me kneeling next to him was in all the following daily papers. This is the picture I am trying to obtain: I wear glasses and was wearing a suede jacket. I hope that I have set the records straight; I haven’t spoken to anyone about the incident since then (except my family) and two months after the incident I emigrated to Israel, where I have lived ever since.

I thank you for your interest and hope you can find me the picture I am looking for.



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