According to very special information obtained by SABAH from security and intelligence officials, the dizzying operation traffic on the Tel Aviv-Gaza-Istanbul-Kuala Lumpur line developed as follows:
Israel’s world-famous military air defense system, the Iron Dome, was temporarily blinded in 2015-2016, allowing the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, to launch missile attacks on critical points in Israel. Unable to prevent these airstrikes, which took place on different dates, and unable to find their source, Israel reached a critical name at the end of 3 years of research.
Omar Z. M. A., born in 1991, is the man who disarmed the Iron Dome. Around the same time, Omar, a graduate of the Department of Computer Science Programming at the Islamic University of Gaza, wrote a hacking program for the Gaza Ministry of Interior. This program had the ability to infiltrate all phones. Israel made various plans to catch Omar A. on its radar.
In 2019, Omar A. was offered a job at a Norwegian software company called AM. The so-called company official, who introduced herself under the fake name Anabella, asked the Gazan teenager to design computer programming and application systems. After a while, Leonardio Causer and Roland Gales from the same company called Omar A.. Omar said to these people, “Let’s talk video chat on Whatsapp”. However, the two men refused each time. The managers of the Norwegian company continued to insist on the offer and sent a wet-signed Schengen visa invitation to Gaza, stating that they could recruit in the Belgian branch of the company. However, despite this invitation, Omar A. rejected the Norwegians’ job offer due to his growing suspicions.
Omar A., considered one of the world’s best software developers and hackers, moved to Istanbul on March 3, 2020 to work officially from Cairo, the capital of Egypt. Omar, who gave remote courses in computer programming and software via Linkedin, was closely followed by the Mossad in Turkey. The first contact on behalf of the Mossad was made by an agent named Raed Ghazal in April 2021. Ghazal, claiming to be the Human Resources manager of the French company Think Hire, contacted Omar via WhatsApp and offered him a job as “Application Assistant”. Raed Ghazal, who tried to recruit Omar by conducting face-to-face interviews in Istanbul Beylikdüzü Marmara Park Shopping Mall, Bayrampaşa Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall and Fatih Historia Shopping Mall in June and August 2021, handed over the job to another Mossad employee, Omar Shalabi, after a while.
Ghazal and Shalabi’s only goal was to smuggle the young software developer to Europe and then to Tel Aviv, the capital of Israel. The two Mossad operatives held a teleconference with Omar A. Raid Ghazzal handed over the mission to the other agent and disappeared after a while. Omar Shalabi offered him US$10,000 to write a program for hiring, adding and deleting employees through the Human Resources program. A. quickly activated the program and this money was sent to his Kuwait Turk account in 3 parts from the French company Think Hire. The sender was a Mossad officer using the false identity of John Foster.
The people who sent the money also kept on the agenda whether Palestinian Omar A. had a problem traveling abroad. In the following period, Mossad agent Omar Shalabi offered Omar A. another job and in June 2022, he handed over the job to Nikola Radonij (44), who carried a Montenegrin passport. Radonij, who stayed at Karaköy Hotel in Istanbul between August 28-31, 2022, met face-to-face with Omar from Gaza at the hotel and offered him a fixed salary of 5,200 dollars if he stayed in Istanbul and a salary of 20 thousand dollars if he accepted to work as a project specialist in a meat slaughter factory in Brazil.Radonij told him that he would work with Mossad intelligence officers Abdulber Muhammad Kaya, Foad Osama Hıjazı and Moroccan national Youssef Dahmane on the internet-based project. He asked him to choose one of them. All of them were in contact with the Mossad. Nikola Radonij asked Omar A. to immediately send his passport and residence address. The Mossad spy told him that he had acquaintances in the Istanbul Provincial Migration Administration and that he would get a residence permit in Istanbul. The aim was to obtain Omar’s home address in Istanbul. Because Omar A. was taking three buses to the meeting points in order to hide his residence address. Nikola Radonij insisted that he had to go abroad and that the company needed him. Upon this insistence, the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) stepped in and prevented Omar Albaisy from leaving the country by warning him that he could be kidnapped for a long time.
However, in September 2022, Omar A. decided to travel to Malaysia, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel, for a 15-day visit. MİT Istanbul Regional Directorate’s Counter Intelligence Department (CCT) was already aware of the suspicious job offers for Omar A., so it issued all the necessary warnings before he traveled abroad. An application was installed on A.’s phone that sends continuous location information to Istanbul even if his phone is turned off in case of emergency.
When Omar A. traveled to Malaysia, the Mossad, which had been waiting in ambush, took action. Mossad, which was in pursuit with three separate cells, formed a team consisting of local Malaysian sources. On the night of September 28, 2022, two separate groups, led by a woman, forced Omar A. into a car on Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, close to Malaysia’s landmark Petronas Twin Towers. Telling his companion to be quiet, the group cross-examined Omar A. at a chalet in Selangor, 50 kilometers from the federal district of Kuala Lumpur.
The Mossad team severely tortured Omar A., whom they interrogated for 36 hours via video conference with Tel Aviv at the chalet in the Hulu Langat area. During the interrogation, Mossad executives connected from Tel Aviv tried to find out how the Palestinian computer programmer who succeeded in blinding Iron Dome developed this program, what coding language he used, and how they could shut down the system that hacked the Android-based mobile phones used by Israeli public officials and soldiers. Mossad also questioned whether there were any other computer engineers, software engineers and computer programmers in Istanbul who were conducting electronic warfare warfare with him, and asked one by one how the network that developed the hacking system was established and what technology it used.As soon as MİT learned about the kidnapping, it told its counterparts in Malaysia that the matter was urgent and sent the location of the Palestinian software developer’s chalet to rescue him. Hours later, Malaysian Special Operations teams carried out a shock raid on the chalet. The young Palestinian was rescued alive. The Kuala Lumpur Magistrate’s Court issued an arrest warrant against 11 men who kidnapped and interrogated the Palestinian software developer.
Following this important operation, the Anti-Terror Branch of the Istanbul Security Directorate under the coordination of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) captured a Mossad agent in Istanbul in recent weeks. Foad Osama Hıjazi, who approached Palestinian Omar A. as part of a project partnership, was deciphered by MİT and the button was pressed. Hıjazi was arrested in Istanbul for spying for the Israeli Foreign Intelligence Service Mossad and sent to prison.
Omar A., who was rescued after MİT intervened, was brought to Turkey. Omar A., who is staying in a Safe House under the control of the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MİT), continues to work on the software he has mastered.
Malaysia, a predominantly Muslim country and a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause, has no diplomatic relations with Israel. According to SABAH’s research, this is not the first case of kidnapping by the Israeli state in Malaysia. In 2018, Gaza-born electrical engineer Fadi Muhammad al-Batsh, also a member of Hamas, was shot dead in Kuala Lumpur by two motorcyclists working for the Mossad. Local Malaysian media also reported that Fadi Mohammed al-Batsh was killed by the Israeli secret service.
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