Hamas Sentences 6 to Death for ‘Collaborating with Israel’

Blanche Robertson
December 7, 2018

The European Union (EU) on Tuesday condemned a Hamas court in Gaza Strip for sentencing six Palestinians to death for allegedly "collaborating" with Israel.

The UN General Assembly is scheduled to vote on Thursday to a USA draft resolution that condemns Hamas movement for firing rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

The sentences were unrelated to a deadly botched Israeli undercover raid into the Gaza Strip last month that led to the deaths of seven Palestinians and one Israeli soldier, and prompted the biggest flareups in violence between Gaza and Israel since the 2014 war.

The Hamas-run Interior Ministry has published a list of punishments for collaborators, according to which, anyone accused of supplying arms to the enemy will be executed.

The woman, named "Amal", is not a Gaza resident and was sentenced to hanging in absentia for helping to recruit her nephew, who lives in the strip, to the Israeli intelligence service.

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In May, at least six members of the Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, were killed when the device apparently exploded after detection near Dayr al-Balah in central Gaza.

He said that their ages are between 26 and 55 years old, warning that "collaboration with the Israeli occupation is risky and the punishment of collaboration is high".

The verdicts drew condemnation from Human Rights Watch.

It was not clear when the executions of those in custody would take place.

"Rushing to sentence people to death smacks of militia rule, not the rule of law", said Omar Shakir, the watchdog's director for Israel and the Palestinian territories. Hamas says the defendants were implicated in previous incidents.

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