Hamas is developing an air attack capability – by recruiting Palestinian students in Malaysia to carry out attacks on Israel using paragliding equipment, a report by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. The report reveals two incidents in which Hamas was found to be conducting training of Palestinian students for such attacks in that country.
In a recent indictment against a terrorist from Hevron, Wasim Kawasme, it was revealed that he was recruited with other students from Judea and Samaria to train for such attacks. Kawasme was arrested in the Khan Yunis area, arrested for terror activity after he was involved in terrorist attacks on behalf of Hamas. He admitted under questioning that he had undergone air attack training in Malaysia, as part of a group of ten terrorists.
Security officials say that Hamas is apparently operating under the radar in Malaysia, away from the eyes of authorities. The terror group is apparently operating under the guise of “social” and “educational” organizations in Malaysia. Many of the groups are being operated by Hamas terrorists, investigators learned from their questioning of Kawasme. At least forty students have been recruited in this manner.
According to the report, the terrorists underwent at least a week of training in Malaysia, using paragliding equipment in preparation for a terror attack in Israel. The group was warned not to tell anyone about their training, and not to even discuss paragliding with anyone. Kawasme and others underwent several sessions, the most recent one in 2014.
The report said that Malaysia has denied the report's contentions, and that no such training had taken place within its borders.