Widow of slain Palestinian to return home for good

Enas Al Batash, who had been living in Malaysia for the past seven years, says her husband was a kind and optimistic person.

KUALA LUMPUR: The widow of Palestinian lecturer Fadi Mohammed Al Batash says she and her children will return to their homeland for good following her husband’s murder last Saturday.

However, Enas Al Batash, 31, said she would honour her husband’s wish for her to continue with her PhD.

She said Fadi, who was gunned down while walking to a surau near their condominium in Setapak, had been passionate about education.

“I remember my husband saying, ‘You were patient in waiting for me to finish my PhD, and I will wait for you to continue your PhD.’

“He insisted on that, for me to complete my studies,” she told reporters here last night.

Speaking through a translator, Enas said she had enrolled in a PhD programme with Universiti Malaya’s education faculty and would continue her studies online.

She also paid tribute to her husband for his willingness to sacrifice for their children’s education.

Enas was accompanied at the session with the media by her one-year-old son Mohammed and her brother-in-law, Ramy Al Batash, 28, who had flown into Malaysia from Germany.

Enas said she had been staying in Malaysia for the past seven years, and her family had planned to go on a holiday in the country before her husband was murdered.

She said Fadi, 35, was a kind and caring man who had always portrayed a positive attitude in life.

“He was an optimistic person who positively affected those around him,” she said.

Fadi’s remains are expected to be flown to Egypt from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at about 7pm before being transported by land to Gaza.

Ramy, meanwhile, described his brother as an amazing and kind-hearted person who had been a teacher to everyone around him.

He added that those responsible for Fadi’s death should be brought to justice.

He said Fadi was just a normal man who had been loved by everyone, including non-Muslims.

“It’s just unthinkable that he was capable of hurting others so much so that it would lead to his murder,” he said.

He also rubbished claims that Fadi was capable of making rockets.

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