Hamas not releasing names and photos of the four "for the sake of social stability:"
8/24/14, "Hamas executes four more Palestinian 'collaborators' in Gaza in warning to spies," dnaindia.com, Press Trust of India
"Hamas today continued with its summary executions of "collaborators"
and publicly killed four more Palestinians suspected of spying for
Israel, following the targeted assassination of three of its top
commanders earlier in the week.
Masked Hamas militants fatally shot the Palestinians in the courtyard
of a mosque in the Jabaliya refugee camp on charges of spying for the
enemy, in what was seen as a warning to the people of Gaza.
Hamas-affiliated Al-Majd website quoted security sources as saying
that the four were executed in a "revolutionary" way after "legal
measures were completed". The website has warned that future
collaborators would be dealt with in the field to create deterrence.
The Islamist faction declined to release the names or pictures of the
executed for the sake of social stability, fearing backlash against
their families. Today's executions raise the total number of Palestinian
"suspects" paraded to their deaths to 25; 18 of them were executed
yesterday and three the day before.
Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza, has warned that Israel
will "pay the price" for killing three high-ranking leaders of its
military wing, the Qassam Brigades.
Earlier, the Palestinian Authority (PA), which controls the West
Bank, denounced yesterday's executions of alleged collaborators by
Hamas, calling them "extrajudicial". The PA President's office condemned
Hamas for failing to abide by existing legal procedures for dealing
with the cases.
Although collaboration with Israel is punishable by death in the
Palestinian legal code, President Mahmoud Abbas has maintained a
moratorium on the death penalty since 2005.
Amnesty International called on Hamas to halt the campaign of summary
executions of suspected collaborators. "This flurry of executions by
Hamas is made even more shocking by the fact that the victims were
sentenced to death after trials which, if they happened at all, were
summary and grossly unfair," said Anne FitzGerald, Amnesty
International's Director of Research and Crisis Response.
"Hamas must immediately and totally cease its use of the death penalty," Fitzgerald added.
"To put people to death following summary and grossly unfair
proceedings is clearly cruel and inhumane. Hamas must also remember that
the right to a fair trial before a competent court remains in force
during times of armed conflict," she stressed."