Hamas executes 'Israeli collaborators'

2011-07-26 12:02

Gaza City - Gaza's Hamas rulers on Tuesday executed two Palestinians convicted of collaboration with Israel, the interior ministry said in a statement.

It was the second time this year that the Islamist movement had carried out an execution of someone accused of 'collaborating' with the Israelis.

The statement did not say how the death sentence was carried out, and it was not immediately clear when the two men were convicted.

In May, a man referred to as AS was executed by firing squad after being convicted of collaboration a month earlier.

Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel, murder and drug trafficking are all punishable by death.

By law, all execution orders must be approved by the Palestinian president before they can be carried out, but Hamas no longer recognises the legitimacy of Mahmoud Abbas, whose four-year term ended in 2009.

Other executions

In recent months, Hamas has arrested several alleged collaborators, and warned it would prosecute any "traitor" working for the Jewish state.

In March, a Gaza military court condemned a man to death and sentenced another to 15 years of forced labour for collaborating with Israel. Both judgements are subject to appeal.

In April 2010, Gaza's Hamas rulers carried out a death sentence against two Palestinians accused of collaboration in the first such execution since the Islamists seized power in 2007.

A month later, three more people were executed on charges unrelated to collaboration, human rights groups say.

Israeli security forces routinely use Palestinian informers to thwart militant attacks and assist in the assassination of top militants.

  • WATCHMAN - 2011-07-26 12:10

    Israel will forever exist. God has said so. In the book of Jeremiah God tells us that as long as the Sun, Moon and Stars exist Israel will be there. If they cease to exist then so will Israel. We know that this is not going to happen. Jer 31:35-37 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: (36) If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. (37) Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.

      WATCHMAN - 2011-07-26 12:14

      Jer 31:10-13 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. (11) For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. (12) Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. (13) Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

      Louis F - 2011-07-26 12:16

      Did you get enough sleep last night?

      Met - 2011-07-26 12:28

      Amen The land of Israel was given to the Jewish people by the original owner, The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. No matter how much noise is made, Israel, the only democracy in an ocean of dictatorships,must defend itself. Blessed are the Israeli people and the land of Israel!

      WATCHMAN - 2011-07-26 12:38

      @ Louis F - Did you?

      kubs - 2011-07-26 12:39

      I wonder if religious nuts ever stop and think..You know what?..Im a religious nut!Look at the nut in Norway who killed people cos he thought muslims were taking over the country..he failed to realize that a muslim Iraqi scientist was the one who found oil off Norways coast..which allowed Norway to become the country with the highest standard of living in the world

      aaron - 2011-07-26 12:54

      yes, Isreal is the only racist apartheid country in the world.

      mecan - 2011-07-26 13:49

      aaron There is no place in the world, that discrimination and racism is as institutionalized as in the Arab world, against Christians, Jews, Hindu's, Buddhists, Women Gays and other smaller minorities.

      Tolerant - 2011-07-26 14:22

      Jason as far as I remember the UN gave Israel permission to go back to theire land in 1947.

      pop101 - 2011-07-26 16:36

      Ja Jason, depends where you want to draw the line in history. Also, the fact that you state "your God", tells me you already made up your mind about Him a long time ago, so it is no loss to you. Carry on.

      Jason - 2011-07-28 17:51

      @pop101 ... yes the Palestinians have been in Israel WAY longer than Europeans or Bantu people have .

  • Matt :-) - 2011-07-26 12:17

    Yet people complain when flotillas sail to Israel and they are denied access...

  • Pete - 2011-07-26 12:33

    centuries ago, religion served a very important social purpose - creating a framework for moral and ethical standards. all it does today is create division, hatred and death.

      WATCHMAN - 2011-07-26 12:37

      Untrue Pete, study history and you will see it has been going on for centuries!

      Pete - 2011-07-26 12:58

      watchman, yes agree that for centuries, religion has been the cause of more hatred, bloodshed and heartache than anything else. the point was not that it only does these things today. The point is really that religion does NOTHING MORE than cause grief.

      Virginia - 2011-07-26 14:46

      Yes Pete, I do not worry about religion, I have a relationship with my God, I am a anglican but I attend a Catholic church, religion is a great cause of hate in this world because people use it to distance themselves from each other. Why cant we all belong to a religion of the Universe where evryone will learn the correct way of life, Tolerance, Love, Care, understanding and patience.

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-26 16:02

      @ Virginia - you've made some lovely comments, I just don't understand why a Christian would go to a Catholic church. I know "Anglican" originally came from Anglian Catholic Canon, and there's a few similarities between the two, but the Anglicans still hold to Jesus being Lord and Saviour whereas Catholicism is about 75% different in its beliefs to actual Christianity. And the idols... oh the idols! I love and respect Catholics, but will never consider that religion to be Christian after studying their doctrine in length and comparing it to the actual Scripture. Just a quick example, look at their rules on celibacy and then read 1 Timothy 3:2 + 4:1-3. Or compare Purgatory to Luke 16:20 onwards. Or consider the traditionalists' desire to preach in Latin verseus 1 Corinthians 14:2. Or the claim Mary never sinned and then ask why she atoned for it anyway in Luke 2:24 (Leviticus 5 for added clarity). Otherwise, spread the Good News with joy, sister in Christ :-)

  • aaron - 2011-07-26 12:55

    isreal is the only racist apartheid country in the world.

      Rastus - 2011-07-26 13:21

      yea another wannabee - cream crackers also have partners - just like buzz doughnuts!!

      Met - 2011-07-26 13:25

      aaron- yes and like SA under apartheid when they tried to enter from all over Africa, the Arabs from the surrounding countries, are trying to get INTO the area ruled by the Israelis. For those who are able to think, it makes you wonder, does it not?

      mecan - 2011-07-26 13:51

      aaron There is no place in the world, that discrimination and racism is as institutionalized as in the Arab world, against Christians, Jews, Hindu's, Buddhists, Women Gays and other smaller minorities.

      Tolerant - 2011-07-26 14:24

      They do allow people of all races and religions to stay mostly anywhere in Israel, unlike apartheid.

      Virginia - 2011-07-26 14:51

      Aaron, your name should tell you something. Israel the the chosen land. it will never be forsaken, it is not racial it lives the way the bible teaches us, exactly the same as the Muslem women who wear the veil. THey were given that land by God and so the State of Israel was born, the only difference about Israel and Palistine is, the people are working and thriving in Israel and the palistinians are still living in the desert. Our country is proof of bad government exactly like Hamas and Hisbilla they continue to keep their people oppressed with the continuous blame Israel, USA and UK. We were put here to make choices for ourselves some of us bad but most of us good.

      slg - 2011-07-27 08:27

      Aaron is actually a guy called no-name that trolls this and other sites by changing his name to provoke responses. This is why he chose a Jewish name to make such an anti-Semitic statement.

  • sipholess - 2011-07-26 12:55

    Holy moly's, dangerous bunch.

  • Sir Charles - 2011-07-26 13:01

    So where is all the "activist's" now !!!!

  • Met - 2011-07-26 13:04

    Religion is all about hype and rituals. The Farisees were religious and Jesus spoke out against it. Christianity, true Christianity, is about being born again, to be baptised by the Holy Spirit(not water baptism) and having the Spirit of the Living God live in you. There is no doubt! Its about having a relationship with the Lord. For more than 30 yrs I was an atheist- I worshipped myself- until He put me flat on my face before Him.Nothing irritated me more than "religious fanatics" and the name of Jesus, because I was in the dark. But the day I met Him, my life changed forever

      Pete - 2011-07-26 13:19

      Met, I am happy for you that you have found a religious space that fulfills you (I truly am). However, your approach seems rather like belonging to an exclusive club, to which you happily belong. Christians account for only 2 Billion of the 7 billion people on earth. The problem is that most people who belong to a religious group all think that their way is the only way, and this has lead to more wars than we can imagine. The beatles song "imagine" sums it all up very well I think. Go have a close listen.

      JohannV - 2011-07-26 13:26

      Great! You just made my day! God bless. :-)

      WATCHMAN - 2011-07-26 13:48

      @ Pete - why would we want to listen to the very first disciples of the founder of the New Age movement Alistair Crowley?

      Pete - 2011-07-26 14:03

      eish watchman, the tenuous links that are made. also, check spelling of your reference (aleister is correct). Don't get me wrong - I am truly happy if people want to belong to their own happy club. Its when they claim exclusive rights of access to divinity that it gets scary...

      Met - 2011-07-26 14:12

      Pete- numbers dont make things right. In fact, the Bible(Basic info before leaving earth) says that that the road will be difficult, it will be narrow and few will enter. Its not for me to say how many and who it will be.As I said above, its not about thinking- its about being absolutely certain. That is what the Holy Spirit gives you- absolute certainty.And dont think there is a long list of benefits. Life( on earth) becomes VERY difficult

      Virginia - 2011-07-26 14:55

      Met, Allalulia! its about time our people started to liv e a good life and knowing Jesus will do that for them, you do not have to be a religious nut, just start live correctly, know whats good and make those choices.

      Virginia - 2011-07-26 15:00

      No Pete, if you want to you can be a christian person all on your own, you do not have to go to church or belong to any "Club" as you call it. I started to go to church in January 2011, made it one of my resolutions, had not gone for 40 years,I have always lived a life of helping other people, but enjoy it a little more now that I am actually etting told to be a good person, and believe me God does not expect you to become a pious person, he knows we are flesh and blood and we will sin everyday, but to night you will ask for forgiveness before you sleep nd then try again to morrow.

      Romans8 - 2011-07-26 15:06

      Pete - I see you have a thing for sarcasm and criticizing on small points, but Watchman is correct in spelling Alistair as it is and not the way you suggest. Further Imagine was not written or sung by the Beatles, but by John Lennon.

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-26 15:12

      @ Pete - if you wish to imagine a world without religion, just look at the Eastern European countries during Communism. Mere possession of a Bible, quoting the Bible, being Christian, were punishable by imprisonment and even execution. The government specifically enforced atheism in line with its Communist thinking and refused to allow people to believe in anything else. I just started reading about it, but apparently Bulgaria and Albania were serious enforcers. You know, they even had secret police pose as "pastors" so that any Christian who went to them was immediately known to the authorities as breaking the law; so that any missionaries who got past the borderpost with Bibles would kindly give them to the pastor, who then had them disposed of and the missionaries arrested. So, no need to imagine what a world without religion would be like... just read up on the 20th Century

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-26 15:16

      Romans8 - Pete's correct (ni this case) - it's spelled Aleister Crowley. Also, he featured on the cover of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (bald old dude, 3rd from the left, back row I think) as the Beatles featured "those people who inspired them" on the cover... scary thought, bearing in mind Crowley was the original Satanist! "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law" as he wrote in the Satanist Bible. This inspired Anton LaVey, who founded the first Church of Satan, in an old hotel in California Road... yup, Hotel California... get the original Eagles album on LP and LaVey's in the centrefold, pictured inside the first Church of Satan. And when I discovered that, all my Eagles stuff went straight in the bin. Bit of trivia there...

      Romans8 - 2011-07-26 16:37

      @ Matt - thanks for that Matt, sorry Pete. Yes he does feature on the cover of the Beatles, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He also features on an album of Michael Jackson's who bought the whole of the Beatle's anthology. I know why, but will not go into that here!

  • coconuts - 2011-07-26 13:10

    Why isn't the world screaming about this? Was there a trial? Double standards apply when it comes to Palestine - when they kill it is fine but heaven help if Israel kills somebody

      InternetMan - 2011-07-26 13:22

      The major difference is that that are not enslaving anyone...

      Mosquito1 - 2011-07-26 13:25

      Hmmmm as response as predicted of course their behaviour in this case is justified. We dont enslave anyone but lets just execute them for collaboration. Yes makes perfect sense.

  • JohannV - 2011-07-26 13:16

    I wonder if Tutu will comment on these extremists? Probably not...

      mecan - 2011-07-26 13:54

      Surely tutu would quickly condemn saudi arabia for building separate roads to be used by muslims and non-muslims. Oh, he would also condemn muslims slaughtering Christians in Sudan. Come to think of it, this moral hypocrite and anti-semite would surely want to condemn the iranian government for threatening the extermination of a sovereign state. Perhaps he'd also want to condemn the honor killings, persecution and murder of religious minorities, and theocratic tyrannies that flourish in the islamic world.

  • JMO - 2011-07-26 13:33

    Interesting. "Israeli security forces routinely use Palestinian informers to thwart militant attacks and assist in the assassination of top militants." When News 24 runs stories on Israeli violence they don't normally end off with "Hamas routinely use civilian areas to launch rocket attacks and children and women as suicide bombers". Just a thought. Also, just wondering if Human Rights Watch have come out in condemnation of this yet? If so would like to know.

      Pete - 2011-07-26 13:41

      JMO, just a quick question: is there any difference between using men with guns, and using women and children as suicide bombers? Perhaps the only difference is the availability of military harware? Surely both sides have the same aim, and that is to kill eachother? I don't take any particular side here, but both sides want to kill...

      JMO - 2011-07-26 14:06

      @Pete. If you read carefully I never justified anybody using violence against anybody else on either side. I was merely commenting on the reporting of the story and the response from people who are normally quick to condemn any kind of violence.

      Pete - 2011-07-26 14:16

      JMO, fair enough. it would be nice if more people condemned all violence without taking sides (sides are most often taken on ethic / religious bases, and this mereley fuels more violence)

      pop101 - 2011-07-26 14:23

      Not so sure about your statement Pete. Don't think Israel is out to kill anybody. What they basically are saying is, this is the path, stay on it, if you leave the path you will get shot....while Hamas is saying, F U Israel, here look my big toe is off the road.

      Pete - 2011-07-26 14:33

      Pop101, fair comment (I think), but doesn't your description of the situation there sound a lot like the situation in South Africa during Apartheid? Some guys wanting freedom, some guys with guns telling them to keep on the path or else... ?

      pop101 - 2011-07-26 16:26

      Well Pete, if you are surrounded by people who want to wipe you off the face of the earth, then rules must be set. They know, and it has been recorded plenty of times, that their neighbors don't like them and would rather see them all you know, what do you think will happen if they just start to open borders, let weapons flow into Palestine, and generally have a don't care attitude? I can bet my house that Israel won't last 1 year before being overrun by Hamas, or some radical Middle East Party or nation. Not even Egypt allow Palestinians to cross border freely, why should Israel.

  • Virginia - 2011-07-26 14:39

    Whats different about these slayings, Hamas send youn people to the death everytime they send out suicide bombers. here are many people in Palistine who want to live in peace with Israel, but like this country you have the continuous blame being put onto others for the lack of these government helping their people.

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