(photo credit: Morteza Nikoubazi/Reuters)
Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip on Saturday executed two Palestinians who
had been convicted of “collaboration” with Israel.
The Hamas-run minister
of interior said that the two men, who were not identified by name, were
executed by hanging after a “military court” in the Gaza Strip found them guilty
of “collaboration with Israeli occupation.”
A statement released by the
ministry said that the executions were carried out “in accordance with our
religion and the Palestinian law.”
The statement said that the two men
had been convicted with “collaboration with a foreign hostile force, killing and
The executions were carried out in the presence of senior
Hamas officials, lawyers, security officers and community leaders and
representatives, the statement added.
Hamas accused the two men of
passing on information to Israel about the location of houses, civilian and
security installations, as well as “industrial workshops” used to manufacture
Hamas claimed that the information was later used by Israel to
kill civilians and “resistance fighters.”
It said the two men had been
recruited as Israeli informants about 10 years ago.
One of the men
confessed to tipping off Israel about the whereabouts about a Hamas police
patrol in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, according to Hamas. An Israeli
air strike later killed one of the policemen, Hamas added.
Hamas said the
man was recruited as an informant after he had applied for a permit to enter
Israel together with his ill mother, who required medical treatment.
second man, according to Hamas, agreed to serve as an informant in return for a
permit to work in Israel. He was accused of providing Israel with information
that led to an Israeli military attack on a school and mosque during Operation
Pillar of Defense in 2012.
Hamas claimed the man had also convinced his
wife to serve as an informant.
The attorney-general in the Gaza Strip,
Ismail Jaber, announced that the Hamas government would soon execute
Palestinians convicted of “criminal offenses.”
He said the move was
designed to deter potential criminals.
Jaber dismissed criticism that the
executions were being carried out in violation of Palestinian law because they
had not been approved by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
“There is no real president of the Palestinian Authority,” Jaber
said. “There is only a nominal president. The Palestinian government in the Gaza
Strip is the legitimate government and it seeks to look after the people’s
Sixteen Palestinians have been executed in Gaza for spying
since Hamas seized the territory in 2007.