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Gazan jailed for 15 years for 'collaborating with Israel'

May 11, 2015 3:16 P.M. (Updated: May 12, 2015 11:15 A.M.)
Collaborating with Israel could lead to the death penalty. (AFP/Mahmud Hams, File)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A military court in the Gaza Strip on Monday sentenced a Palestinian man to 15 years in prison for alleged collaboration with Israel.

The man, identified only as 'J. Gh,' was detained several years ago for allegedly providing Israel with information on locations of Palestinians working with Hamas.

In August last year, 18 suspected collaborators were killed by Hamas when the group announced a crackdown on Palestinians alleged to be working with Israel.

Seven of the men were shot dead outside of a mosque while wearing black bags on their heads.

Information passed to Israel's security services by Palestinian collaborators is often used to make arrests and assassinate high-profile political and militant figures.

Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel is punishable by death.

However all execution orders must be approved by the president before they can be carried out. Hamas no longer recognizes the legitimacy of incumbent Mahmoud Abbas, whose four-year term ended in 2009.

UN rights chief Navi Pillay last year described the judicial process for death sentences in Gaza as "deeply flawed."
Billy Bragg / UK
Anyone jumping up and down with indignation, at the Gaza Prison Service treatment and health care that is provided for their prisoners.
11/05/2015 16:38
Legal Eagle / Australia
The judicial process for 67 years of occupation, genocide and gross breaches of Palestinians' rights is more than deeply flawed - it is non-existent. UN rights chief Navi Pillay should clean her own glass-house before she starts throwing stones.
11/05/2015 20:21
gabi / australia
everyone is jumping up and down at the slow garrotting of Gaza by Israel, which prevents proper health care to the citizens of Gaza, whether prisoners or not. Read a bit more Billy Bragg (good name for you - Bragg) and see what happens to collaborators eg read what happened to French collaborators
12/05/2015 05:57
Gaza Resident / Palestine
Just to clarify, the black bags over the head are used to protect the identity of the families left behind. Throughout history, collaborators have not been liked or tolerated.
12/05/2015 14:13
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