Hamas Hangs Two Accused of Collaborating With Israel
The terror group Hamas which now controls the Gaza strip hanged two men accused of collaborating with Israel on Saturday, according to a statement from the movement’s interior ministry, AFP reported.
The ministry said that it had executed the two men in accordance “with what Palestinian law stipulates”, identifying the two men as “the collaborator with the occupation A.G., 49, and the collaborator H.K., 43.”
A military court in Gaza sentenced the two to “death by hanging after the tribunal accused them of charges ranging from collaborating with a hostile foreign entity,” to involvement in “killing and espionage for 10 years.”
The Hamas government also executed three men in April 2012 after they were accused of “collaborating” with Israel.
Under Palestinian Authority law, “collaboration” with Israel is also punishable by death.
All execution orders must be approved by the PA Chairman before they can be carried out, but Hamas no longer recognizes the legitimacy of Mahmoud Abbas, whose four-year term ended in 2009.
In March, Hamas announced it would offer one-month amnesty for informers to give themselves up in return for leniency.
The terror group announced in April that it had begun arresting suspected “collaborators” with Israel, following the amnesty period and indicated that the campaign had been “a success.”