Tuesday 26 July 2011
Hamas Hangs Two Arabs for ‘Collaborating’ with Israel
Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu reports that Hamas has hung two Gaza Arabs for allegedly collaborating with Israel. Such executions are legal under Palestinian Authority law.
The Hamas Interior Ministry announced the executions after appeals were rejected for convictions handed down in 2004. Human rights activists have not commented on the executions.
Earlier this year, a Hamas firing squad executed one man convicted for helping Israel, and three others are on death row.
The IDF routinely relies on collaborators for information on the location of terrorists, smuggling tunnels and weapon storerooms.
The Palestinian Authority law allows a death sentence for the offenses of collaborating with Israel, murder and drug trafficking, but execution orders must be signed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, whom the de facto Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh does not recognize.
Abbas also has previously approved executions, mainly for the crime of selling property to Jews, an offense punishable by death from the time of the Jordanian occupation of most of Judea and Samaria.