Mossad Allegedly Behind Kidnapping Incident in Malaysia

Photo: Reuters [via Al Jazeera]

The Facts

  • Malaysia's New Straits Times broke a story on Monday suggesting that Israel's national intelligence agency, Mossad, recruited a group of Malaysians to abduct two Palestinian men they believed to be assets of the Hamas's al-Qassam Brigade.

  • The Malaysian team intercepted the two Palestinians on Sept. 28, when the duo, both computer programming experts, were shuttled inside one of two vehicles by four men.

The Spin

Pro-Palestine narrative

This incident is just another example of how Israel violates international rules and norms to pursue its supposed "interests." Malaysia is a sovereign country, and Israel has no right to launch operations against its perceived enemies. Israel must be held accountable for its reckless behavior.

Pro-Israel narrative

Malaysia, though officially not an enemy state of Israel, does not recognize Tel Aviv, and money from Malaysian charities has been funneled to Hamas in the past. It's well known that Hamas has a strong presence in Malaysia, and Israel has been quite clear that it will target Hamas terrorists anywhere worldwide. There can be no haven for terrorists or their supporters.

Establishment split



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