Hear the name Hamas and locations such as Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank come to mind.
Now, the organization, which multiple nations recognize as a terror group, is showing influence in a new place: Malaysia, reports Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The Investigative Project on Terror says Hamas “has a significant presence in Malaysia and routinely recruits Palestinians studying there to launch terrorist attacks against Israel.”
One Hamas operative captured during the 2014 Israel-Gaza war “told Israeli authorities that he, along with nine others, received paragliding training in Malaysia from members of Hamas’ military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.”
The report said the plan was for them to paraglide into Israel and launch an attack.
“Malaysia turns a blind eye to Hamas-related terrorist activity on its soil and anti-Semitism runs rife among the country’s top leadership,” IPT reported, including Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is reported to have said he was “glad to be labeled anti-Semitic.”
Mohamad pointed out at one meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference that “1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews.”
Malaysian Hamas backers also have connections to the United States, the report said.
“For example, former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, is a senior fellow at Georgetown’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Ibrahim, who was recently released from prison where he was held on sodomy charges, helped found Malaysia’s Islamic youth movement, ABIM.”