Hamas to publicly execute ‘collaborators’ (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 04/24/12)
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Hamas will soon start publicly executing Palestinians who are found
guilty of “collaboration” with Israel, Hamas Interior Minister Fathi
Hammad announced Monday.
Hammad, who is in charge of the Hamas security forces in the Gaza
Strip, revealed that his government recently arrested 10 “veteran and
experienced collaborators” with Israel.
Earlier this month, Hamas hanged a Palestinian man who was convicted
of working for Israel as an informant.
Another two men were executed on the same day for murder and rape.
The predawn executions were carried out inside a Hamas security
installation in the Gaza Strip. Hamas did not release the identities
of the executed men.
The executions drew sharp condemnations from human rights groups and
the Palestinian Authority, whose representatives said that Hamas was
not authorized to carry out the death penalty without receiving
permission from PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
Hammad advised collaborators to turn themselves in “before we lay our
hands on them.” He added that his government was no longer offering
clemency to informants who “repent.” (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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