Death Sentence in Gaza for 'Israel Collaborator'
The Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza have sentenced to death a Palestinian Authority Arab who has been accused and convicted of "collaborating" with Israel.The man was sentenced by a military court to be shot to death by a firing squad, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with media.
According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Hamas has sentenced 36 people to death since it seized control of the region after winning a bloody militia war against the rival Fatah faction in June 2007.So far, at least 15 people have actually been put to death.
The PA-based human rights organization said it was "gravely concerned" over the death sentences meted out by Hamas, and by Fatah.The rival faction led by "moderate" PLO/PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has continued to rule over the Arab-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria from the PA capital of Ramallah since losing its battle with Hamas in Gaza in 2007.
Although Abbas has made many attempts to reconcile with Hamas and create a PA unity government, he has failed to persuade the terrorist group that Israel can be more easily eliminated through diplomacy, rather than through violence.Fatah recently agreed to restart preliminary talks with Israel in response to intense pressure from Jordan and the Quartet of peacekeeping nations -- the U.S., Russia, the European Union and the United Nations, much to the disgust of Hamas.