Family accuses Israel's Mossad of killing Palestinian in Malaysia

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 22, 2018

One of two suspects driving by on a high-powered motorcycle "fired 10 shots, four of which hit the lecturer in the head and body". It gave no further details on his scientific accomplishments but said he had made "important contributions" and participated in worldwide forums in the field of energy.

Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh accused Israel's global intelligence agency, the Mossad, of carrying out the assassination of "young Palestinian scholar Dr Fadi al-Batch" at dawn.

Hebrew-language media reported he was an expert on rocket and drone accuracy who had recently published material on drone development and control. He said the police would work with Interpol and Aseanapol to track down the duo immediately. "He died on the spot".

"The police also found two empty bullet shells there", the police chief said. "We will view the recordings of all the CCTV in the area", he said.

The Islamist Palestinian movement said Batsh, a research scientist specialising in energy issues, was one of its members.

A Gaza-born electrical engineer from Jabalya, al-Batsch completed his PhD in Malaysia and worked as a lecturer in the Malaysian capital - but the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas described him on a banner at the entrance of a mourning tent in Jabalya as a member and "commander" with 10 masked and uniformed fighters greeting mourners outside the tent in formation, as is typical for senior commanders. Israel had no official comment.

In this September 24, 2016 file photo, Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters.

"The lecturer.is believed to have become a liability for a country hostile to Palestine", he said.

"I am saddened by all this and according to police information, the victim had been staying here for 10 years and an expert in electrical engineering and (building) rocket", he was quoted as saying while opening a local event.

Palestinians gather in mourning outside the family home of 35-year-old professor and Hamas member Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, who was killed early in the day in Malaysia, in Jabalia in the northern Gaza strip on April 21, 2018.

He received a PhD in electrical engineering from the Malaysian University of Malaya and during the course of his study, published 18 scholarly pieces of researches featured in a number of worldwide journals. He had lived there with his family for the past eight years and was an imam at a local mosque. His official biography said his research interests included power converters, power quality, and renewable energy.

The Batsh family urged Malaysian authorities to investigate Dr Batsh's murder and "arrest those responsible for killing him before they flee". They also asked for the return of his body to his hometown of Jabalia in the Gaza Strip. "The Israeli Mossad stood behind the assassination of educated people and intellectuals because Israel knows Palestine will be liberated by scientists". Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah blamed Israel, but Jerusalem denied any involvement. The spy agency is also believed to have been behind the 2010 murder of top Hamas militant Mahmud al-Mabhuh in a Dubai hotel.

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