Mossad agent in Dubai assassination also wanted in New Zealand

Zev William Barkan


An Israeli Mossad officer wanted by New Zealand authorities is among five suspects recently identified and named by Dubai police in connection with the assassination of a Hamas official. The officer, Zev William Barkan, has been identified as a major suspect in last January’s assassination of Hamas weapons procurer Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in a luxury Dubai hotel. In 2004, Barkan was one of three Mossad agents who engaged in an aborted attempt to acquire a New Zealand passport, using the birth certificate of Auckland resident Tony Resnick. New Zealand authorities managed to arrest Barkan’s two associates, Uriel Zoshe Kelman and Eli Cara, both from Israel; but Barkan and Resnick managed to escape arrest by flying to Sydney, Australia, before fleeing to Israel. The case caused a major –albeit temporary– rift in New Zealand-Israel relations. Wellington canceled a planned visit to New Zealand later that August by the then Israeli President Moshe Katzav, and delayed approval for the appointment of a new Israeli ambassador to New Zealand. High-level diplomatic relations between the two countries were effectively suspended until August of 2005, when the Israeli government issued a formal apology for “the activities which resulted in the arrest and conviction of two Israel citizens in New Zealand [and] the involvement of Israeli citizens in such activities”. Dubai authorities said they plan to name more of the 32 suspects who participated in the killing of al-Mabhouh in January.

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2 Responses to Mossad agent in Dubai assassination also wanted in New Zealand

  1. KMansfield says:

    I think you have an error. The BC belonged to paralyzed NZ citizen, not one of the spies.

  2. intelNews says:

    Please correct me if I’m wrong, but Tony Resnick, whose birth certificate was used by the Mossad agents, disappeared during the investigation, and is still missing. NZ authorities believe he actually cooperated with the Israeli agents. If someone knows this to be incorrect, or has further information on the case, please post here. [JF]

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