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Hamas denies training M’sian-based Palestinians for military

 | April 29, 2015

Hamas is not training Palestinian students in Malaysia to be undercover military operatives, contrary to assertions by the Israeli internal security service.

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PETALING JAYA: Hamas has strongly denied Israel’s accusation that they are training West Bank Palestinian students in Malaysia.

Israel’s internal security service Shin Bet had said that the students were being prepared to conduct operations for Hamas’ military wing.

In a report yesterday, Israeli newspaper Haaretz, said that the students were being primed to be undercover operatives upon their return to the West Bank.

“The Shin Bet’s accusations… are baseless; they are mere lies,” said Hamas.

Shin Bet also alleged that Hamas men in Malaysia recruited Palestinian students and influenced them ideologically, encouraging them to join groups like the Muslim Brotherhood as well as Palestinian charities that operate in Malaysia.

Malaysia is a strong and constant supporter of Palestinian rights, via government policy and civil society activities.

Today, in a statement to The Malaysian Insider, Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar also denied Shin Bet’s allegations that Hamas targeted Palestinian students in Malaysia to recruit them for their military wing.

The Haaretz report said that the Shin Bet claims appear “in an indictment filed 18 March in the Judea Military Court against a Hebron resident, Waseem Qawasmeh, 24, charged with belonging to and being active in a banned organisation, making contact with the enemy and receiving money from an enemy”.

Qawasmeh was arrested upon his return home from Malaysia in February this year.

Hamas said that the Israelis were mounting pressure on Palestinian students so that they would stop going abroad to better themselves.

“The Israeli accusations are aimed at preventing West Bank [Palestinian] students from traveling abroad to pursue their studies and providing a justification for their arrest upon their return,” said the group.


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