At the first glance it looks like a scene straight out of a Bourne movie. A spy, or a group of them are sent to ‘eliminate’ potential targets. Strangely enough, it is not from a movie, it is from real life – the person dead a prominent figure of Hamas – an Islamic Resistant Movement from Palestine. Some correctly said that reality, sometimes, is far more stranger than fiction.
Israel has a long withstanding policy of serving the dish of revenge cold. Mossad, is renowned all over the world for seeping into all corners of the world and has often come under criticism of using highhanded methods of assassinating and murdering ‘Israel’s’ enemies among other things like torture and abductions. Throughout all this Israel keeps true to its policy of ‘ambiguity’ on matters regarding intelligence.
Mahmoud Abdel Rauf-al-Mabhouh was a senior figure in the Hamas line up. He allegedly played a major part in the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers among rumors of him aiding the influx of weapons and explosives in the Gaza area which Hamas governs over. Previously many attempts had been made on his life but Al-Mabhouh, always survived. Little did he know that his journey to Dubai via Emirates Flight 912 would be the last he’d ever take.
Recently, Dubai police released the footage of the entire alleged assassination plan of Al- Mabhouh which took place on January 20th 2010. To say that the footage spanning over almost half an hour is eerie and bears an uncanny resemblance to a spy-movie will not be incorrect. Al-Mabhouh was traced at all times; from the minute he got off the flight from Syria and landed in Dubai Al-Mabhouh’s death orders had been signed.
The scene of the crime in this case isn’t some back alley in a sparsely crowded dim-lit area. It is in fact a bustling hotel, Al-Bustan Rotana. The reviewers call Al-Bustan a ‘classy place’ with a helpful staff – a place where they would like to come back and stay again. That doesn’t look quite so right at this moment.
Room 230 of Al-Bustan Rotana was booked by the ill-fated Al-Mabhouh, the room right opposite to his’ 237, by the alleged member of the Mossad hit squad. Two teams kept him under constant surveillance – every movement of his was monitored. How Al-Mabhouh was killed remains shrouded in mystery, but according to the forensic reports he was electrocuted to death; other reports state that signs of strangulation were also found on the body and that his death is being treated as suspicious by the Dubai authorities.
Strangely enough, the uproar in the world isn’t about Al-Mabhouh’s cold blooded assassination by Israel’s Mossad. It is about the 11 suspected Mossad agents using British Identities – defrauding British nationals’ passports. The defrauding of the passports is what is causing the world to stand up and take notice of Mossad’s presence – not that they ever forget it, but it is usually pushed towards the back and dealt with in a stringy strange manner.
The British government has handed its full support to the British Nationals who were affected by this ‘fraudulent activity’ and a promise of a full investigation was made by the British PM, Gordon Brown. Since it ‘allegedly’ involved Israel’s presence – Israel’s Ambassador to Britain was summoned for clarification.
The mystery surrounding AL-Mabhouh’s death deepens everyday; from conspiracy theories stating the involvement of Palestinian Authority seniors and subsequent denials by the PA of those members, to Israel’s cryptic silence and the maintenance of its policy of ‘ambiguity’ – Al-Mabhouh’s death remains shrouded in mystery.
That Al-Mabhouh’s assassination was a very well-thought out affair goes without saying because the pictures and videos offer a highly incriminating view point. But what’s baffling is that:
- The trail that followed, was highly apparent
- What did Al-Mabhouh know that warranted his execution so quickly, or was it just revenge as a dish well served cold?
- The forgery was according to all the evidence, very mediocre, and last and the most interesting:
- Is the world crying foul play and demanding ‘investigation’ because of this coldblooded execution which allegedly resulted in the death of a prominent Palestinian national or, is it because the passports that were allegedly faked by Israel and Mossad were of ‘prominent’ nations of the world?
The entire situation here is presented for all and sundry to see and judge. The real question is also that would things have been different if the ‘forged’ passports had been checked more closely and belonged to some Arab nationals? Whoever the culprits are, they and many others have made a mockery out of the leniency that Dubai government offers them and other 36 countries to ‘support’ their city. But Dubai police was also greatly misjudged. That they found and identified the assassins and brought to light all the evidences, all the details they could in public limelight speaks highly of their capabilities.
The almost 30-minute long video supplied by the Media Office of the Dubai Government has an eerie quality of equal parts mystery and sadness surrounding it. That it took a mastermind to create such a plan spoke of high skills and another that a human life warrants no second thoughts and is so easy to take.