Hamas Riddles Former Spokesman With Bullet Holes, Dumps Body at Hospital, Then Blames Israel for Death

August 8, 2014 12:26 pm 15 comments

Al Quds website in Arabic reporting on the death of former Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha. Photo: Screenshot.

Al Quds website in Arabic reporting on the death of former Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha. Photo: Screenshot.

Former Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha was executed by firing squad on Tuesday with bullet holes to his head and chest, his body dumped in front of Gaza’s Shifa Hospital, where it laid untouched for an hour, before gunmen returned to remove it from the scene, the Al-Quds daily reported in Arabic late Thursday citing unnamed sources.

Al Quds said that Hamas banned publication of the story of his death, but then later said the body was at the hospital.

On Friday, Hamas issued a statement, reported by AFP without mentioning the Al Quds version, that Israeli forces had “targeted him in the apartment where he was with several others in Gaza City” in the Sheja’iya neighborhood. AFP cited a medical source as saying that the body was brought to the “hospital in Gaza City before it was transferred to his family’s home in the Bureij camp.”

In midst of its war with Israel, Hamas executed some two dozen Gazans it alleged were collaborators with Israel in Sheja’iya during a momentary ceasefire. It also blamed those deaths on Israel, though it later admitted to carrying out executions.

On Friday, Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh recounted the story of Taha’s imprisonment in 2013 for alleged corruption and spying, believed to be on behalf of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service, in an article published by the Gatestone Institute.

Toameh cited a veteran journalist living in Gaza City who had close ties with Taha on Thursday as saying Taha was executed because “Hamas feared he might implicate some of its leaders in many corruption scandals.”

Taha was the son of Mohammed Taha, one of the most prominent leaders of Hamas and former director of the Islamic University, in Gaza City.

“Interestingly, Taha was executed for collaboration with the Egyptians exactly at the same time that senior representatives of Hamas were negotiating in Cairo with the head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service about ways of achieving a permanent cease-fire with Israel,” Toameh wrote. “The execution is apparently aimed at sending a message to the Egyptians that Hamas would not tolerate Cairo’s attempt to meddle in the internal affairs of the Islamist movement. A Hamas source said that the arrest of Taha was a ‘severe blow’ to the Egyptians because they had lost one of their most important informants inside the movement.”

15 Comments

  • Given enough time, I am sure Hamas can come up with a reason to try and slaughter Allah.

  • It is unbelievable that in the 21 century two groups of people who have had to live together for more than 6000 years cannot see that the only people that are making anything out of this is the terrorists and the weapon smugglers. Hamas and the rest of the terrorist groups will spend eternity suffering pain both physical and mental torment. not enjoyment and happiness

    • Nope, not even close, back to school. Arabs conquered what is now know as Palestine 1400 years ago give or take, and become the majority in the area maybe 800 years ago.

    • 6000 years what?

      Islam has been around for 1000-2000 years and Judaism has been around for about 3k years, so where does 6k years come into play?

      • Abram was born around 1800BC.

        The line of the Jews and the Arabs come from Abraham. First Ishmael is born to Abraham and his Egyptian handmaiden, Hagar. And later Esau (Jacob’s twin) is born to Isaac and Rebekah. Both Ishmael and Esau begin the Arab line.

        According to the Bible, the world was created about 6,000 years ago. But the Jews and Arabs have only cohabitated for about 4,200 years.

        The religion of Islam was born when Mohammad came on the scene in the 6th Century AD (Mohammad was born 632AD). His motto then was convert or die by the sword. It hasn’t changed in more than 1,380 years.

        So Islam has been around since the 6th Century AD, and the Jews and Arabs have been around since about 1,800 BC.

        Fascinating topic since the feud between the Jews and the Arabs that began thousands of years ago is infecting our world even today. God prophesied that the Arab peoples would be nomads, and that they would live by the sword and die by the sword. In this world of modern weaponry, isn’t it interesting that the Arabs still use the sword – specifically as prophesied?

    • Ummm, you don’t think the various defense contractors in the US and Israel are making any money off this?? Also, the people living in Israel now haven’t lived there for “6000 years” as you assert. 99.9% of the people of Jewish faith living in Israel are European or American. There are a majority of Palestinians that can truthfully say that their families have lived there for generations, however. This is nothing more than the last attempt at colonization in the world, where white Europeans and Americans drive out or kill off the brown-skinned people living on land they want. All in the name of profits for the 1% in the form of weapons sales and natural resources. Or, as Israel likes to call it “self-defense.”

    • No, you’ve got it wrong. The people making good on this continuing conflict are 1) the weapons manufacturers in America and Israel and 2) the State of Israel itself, which uses it as an excuse to continue and extend their illegal occupation of Palestinian lands in violation of international humanitarian laws regarding occupied territories.

  • Hamas is a groupe of rotten chickens Allah will punish them, may his soul RIP

  • the only thing worse than hamas terriorsts are paranoid, delusional hamas terrorists. they all appear to be that anyway.

    • Clint,
      I’d have to say almost as bad is those in the West whose “moral compass” is just as broken. Without the Jake Tapper’s and Karl Penhaul’s of CNN, their (Hamas) movement would collapse in an hour.

  • . Where is our President Obama as our foreign policy has turned into a complete disaster.

    Video of Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg SAYS: President Obama, You Have Some Nerve:.

    Video is on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ig8c795KymA

    Another holocaust is possible. If it happened once it can happen again. Thank G-d we have Israel. We need to do everything possible to keep Israel militarily strong. Jews get out of Europe. There can be no compromise regarding Israel nor can we depend on the good will of others. This unfortunately is a lesson that many Jews have never learned. Never forget, never forgive never again. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    1 down a hundred thousand to go.

  • Shylock of Notre Dame

    But what does not get reported in the antisemitic environment of the world at all!!!!!!!!!! And can’t in this antisemitic environgment, and there is barely a good person on some continents: Is that Hamas gets ISrael to do its dirty work, any non-fascist, or questioner of evil will get a missile fired from near his family propery and there is no way ofr Israel to react correctly, Israel is responsible to respond, and when it does it kills all of the people who question Islam in evil entity. I wouldn’t doubt that Israel has been tricked into killing many of its supporters in Gaza, but Israel is responsible to its citizens to respond. Israel did not create this, the left the euro evil trash, and worldwide antisemites created this. It would not have grown like this without them.

    But Israel is being set up to shoot moderates and Christians and Athiests, there is no doubt Iran told Hamas to shoot from the people they want bombed’s property.

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