Without anything even remotely resembling due process. But that’s how they roll:
Hamas sources in Gaza say 18 people suspected of collaborating with Israel have been executed.
The killings came after an Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas leaders on Thursday…
Hamas sources said Friday’s executions had been carried out by what it called the Resistance…
Hamas officials told Reuters that the first 11 executions were carried out at an abandoned police station.
Witnesses said another seven people were shot by men in Hamas uniforms outside the Al-Umari mosque in central Gaza.
I wonder if any of these people actually were informants, or whether they were just people who were targeted because someone or other was tired of their continued existence.
Those “three senior Hamas leaders” must have been pretty senior. Here’s some information about the three, along with a 15-year-old photo:
The three officials killed on Thursday are the highest-ranking fatalities since the beginning of the offensive.
Mr. Shamalah oversaw Al Qassam forces for the entire southern Gaza Strip, and Mr. Attar played a major role in arms smuggling, construction of infiltration tunnels and the capture of Israeli Sgt. Gilad Shalit in 2006, Israeli officials said. Israel accused them of deadly attacks going back 20 years. Mr. Barhoum supervised weapons smuggling into Gaza and helped raised funds for the group, the officials said.
This is the rationale behind the killings of the three, according to Israel:
Amos Yadlin, the former head of Israeli military intelligence, said Israel’s pursuit of Hamas leaders is part of a broader strategy to convince the Palestinian fighters that waging a war of attrition comes at an unbearable price.
“Israel is saying: ‘You want attrition? You are welcome,” Mr. Yadlin, now director of the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, said in a briefing for reporters. “Because our firepower, our intelligence, and our capability to sustain…are much bigger than yours. This is the strategy, and this is what you just saw in a couple of days.”
Israelis and Palestinians said Hamas would eventually replace the commanders. Previous assassinations had shown that Hamas could survive this kind of attack, said Darwish Al Arja, 65 years old, a Hamas supporter living at a United Nations-run shelter in Rafah.
“So long as Palestinian women can get pregnant, there will always be another Al Attar, another Abu Shamala, another Barhoum,” he said.
As for the killing of the supposed collaborators, that’s just par for the Hamas course:
The often-public deaths of informants or so-called collaborators are a routine part of life in Gaza, although instances greatly increase during times of heavy conflict.
Back in 2012, following the last conflagration with Israel in Gaza, Hamas executed a number of Palestinians it had accused of giving up valuable intel to the Israelis. As with today’s killings, the men are executed publicly as a warning not to cooperate with Israeli intelligence efforts.
According to the article, it is also routine for the bodies to be desecrated by the crowds.
This report disagrees, however, that any public executions occurred in 2012, stating that this was the first time such killings were public since the 1990s.
Well, which is it, folks?
[NOTE: Many of the comments to this Jerusalem Post article about the “collaborator” killings are interesting. The first group are to the effect that, if the Gazan Palestinians could only get rid of the terrorists
and stop trying to eliminate Israel, they could have a flourishing economy. These are typical:
I know I’m repeating myself, but it’s such a no brainer … they are sitting on such great beachfront property, if they just had some level of stability and the good sense to put up some nice hotels with all that concrete they could create a good tourist economy that would support many people with good jobs…
I served two stints of IDF reserve army duty in Gaza in the mid-1970′s after Sharon had cleaned out the terrorists there. Our base was on the the southern outskirts of Gaza City by the beach with beautiful houses across the street and locals jogging each morning. The shoreline reminded me of Laguna Beach near Los Angeles and the weather was very similiar. A few big hotels and a boardwalk and Gaza could have been a tourist mecca. Instead, Gazans just go to the other Mecca on their Haj and prepare for war.
Other comments mention that if in fact the collaborators who were executed actually were collaborators (which people doubt), then they are the real martyrs.]