Murder of Hamas member in Malaysia grabs global attention

Apr 23, 2018, 13:04
Murder of Hamas member in Malaysia grabs global attention

To his part, Minister of Education, Naftali Bennett said they "will not allow the entry of the body of Al-Batsh, who was killed in Malaysia, unless Hamas returns Israeli soldiers detained in Gaza by Hamas". "We can not give up on the blood of our sons, youths and scholars".

When asked if there could be any difficulty in transferring the body back, he said: "We will not say it is hard but we need to follow and respect the rules and regulations of the Malaysia and Egypt".

It was not clear what the possible motive was, and so far no arrests has been made, he added.

Bernama news agency reported that Zahid said Batsh was active in pro-Palestinian non-governmental organisations, describing him as an expert in electrical engineering and rocket-building.

Contacted by AFP, an Israeli official refused to comment. 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. Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian UN ambassador said he would not accept an Israeli investigation as "it can not be credible". He had lived there with his family for the past eight years and was an imam at a local mosque. "In response, the Israeli army used lethal force against unarmed protesters", the letter read. His official biography said his research interests included power converters, power quality and renewable energy.

Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad blamed Israel for the elimination.

The protests began on March 30 as tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in tents along the border to mark Land Day, an annual day of protest against Israel's seizure of Arab land.

Katz said an attack against Israelis overseas "would be crossing a red line", threatening that it would "lead to the resumption of Israel's targeted killing policy, and Hamas officials in Gaza-with (Haniyeh) among them-are expected to be hurt badly".

The government of Gaza, led by the group Hamas, which the US and Israel consider a terrorist group, helped construct some barriers along the border this week to protect protesters.

The demonstrations are set to climax with a massive march to the border on May 15, when Palestinians mark the "nakba", or catastrophe, of their uprooting during the war over Israel's creation in 1948.

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