Hamas to execute two Gazans as “collaborators” with Israel

Both men to hang before month’s end, or as early as next week.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

 

 

Hamas is planning to execute two Palestinians from the Gaza who were recently convicted of “collaborating” with Israel.

Gaza children

A Hamas official said that the two men, who were not identified, would be executed by hanging before the end of this month, or probably as early as next week.

The official said that the two men had been convicted by a Palestinian court of passing on to Israeli authorities information that led to the killing of Palestinians.

Salah Eddin Abu Sharkh, a senior official with the Hamas-run Ministry of Interior, confirmed that his government was planning to execute convicted “collaborators” in the near future.

He said that Hamas authorities recently arrested several Palestinians on suspicion of aiding Israeli authorities.

The arrests, he said, were carried out after a deadline offered by Hamas to suspected “collaborators” to hand themselves in expired.

The deadline, part of a campaign waged against “collaborators,” was offered by the Hamas government on March 12, and expired on May 12.

Those who handed themselves in were promised that their identities would not be disclosed. “Collaborators” who were not involved in killings were offered an amnesty.

 

View original Jerusalem Post publication at: http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Hamas-to-execute-2-Palestinians-for-working-with-Israel-316311

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