Published: Sun, April 22, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Palestinian Scientist Assassinated in Malaysia, Fingers Directed at Mossad

Palestinian Scientist Assassinated in Malaysia, Fingers Directed at Mossad

Kuala Lumpur Police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim disclosed details of the shooting but did not reveal the name of the lecturer.

Fadi Mohammed al Batsh, 35, whose research interests included power converters and renewable energy, was killed as he was on his way to a mosque for morning prayers in Kuala Lumpur.

Mazlan said a recording of a closed-circuit television camera near the scene showed the two assailants waited for about 20 minutes for the Palestinian lecturer.

He was scheduled to travel to Turkey on Sunday for an global conference on energy, the Palestinian ambassador to Malaysia was quoted as saying by local media, adding that he "was a kind, friendly and a quiet person, he mixed well with everyone".

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Hamas, the Palestinian political organization, confirmed in a statement on its website that the victim was a Hamas member, known for "his scientific innovation as he has attended many worldwide conferences on energy in Japan, UK (Britain) and Finland".

Malaysia's deputy prime minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, also said the government was looking into the possibility of the involvement of "foreign agents" in his killing. "It's too early to say, we are still investigating all aspects". "The Israeli Mossad stood behind the assassination of educated people and intellectuals because Israel knows Palestine will be liberated by scientists".

There has been no comment from Israeli authorities on the accusations.

He worked as a teacher at a private university and was active in a Malaysian charity for Palestinian welfare. But Israel has a long history of suspected targeting of wanted Palestinian militants in daring overseas operations around the globe and has been linked to other assassinations as well, though it has rarely publicly acknowledged them.

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He received his Ph D degree from the University of Malaya in 2015 and was a senior lecturer at the British Malaysian Institute.

Batash's family and Islamic Jihad senior leader, Khaled al-Batash accused Mossad of being behind the assassination, according to Palestinian news sources.

The Islamist group Hamas, which exercises de facto control over Gaza, said one of its members was "assassinated" in Malaysia but stopped short of accusing Israel's secret service for carrying out the killing.

Haaretz also reported that Batash was a member of resistance group Hamas, and was a former resident of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip.

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