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Hamas grants amnesty to collaborators, official says
Published Sunday 02/12/2012 (updated) 04/12/2012 12:42
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Gunmen ride motorcycles as they drag the body of a man, who was
suspected of working for Israel, in Gaza City November 20, 2012.
(Reuters/Yasser Gdeeh)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Gaza's ministry of interior will pardon collaborators who turn themselves into authorities, a Hamas official said Sunday.

Interior minister Fathi Hammad, speaking at a graduation ceremony for Hamas security officers, said that anyone who confesses to collaborating with Israel will be pardoned and the details of their crimes kept secret from family and friends.

They will then be trained as resistance fighters, Hammad added.

Once the amnesty period is over, anyone found guilty of collaborating with Israel will be tried and sentenced, the minister said, adding that Hamas is trying to secure the home-front and prevent Israel from obtaining intelligence about Gaza.

Seven Palestinians accused of spying for Israel were publicly executed during the latest assault on Gaza.

Masked gunmen shot the alleged collaborators in two public attacks, killing one person on Nov. 16 and another six people on Nov. 20.

At the time, Hamas security officials said one man had confessed to aiding Israel while the six others "were caught red-handed" and "possessed hi-tech equipment and filming equipment to take footage of positions."

A Ma'an review of publicly available records as well as interviews with experts in Gaza showed that all of the men had been in the custody of the Hamas government for months and in one case years before Israel launched its "Pillar of Cloud" operation.

Taher al-Nunu, a spokesman for the Hamas government, promised a full investigation into the killings, which he described as unlawful, while senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahhar dismissed criticism from Palestinian human rights groups.

Deputy chief of Hamas Mousa Abu Marzouq said the killings were "not acceptable at all," and demanded that those responsible be held accountable.
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1 ) suter / israel
02/12/2012 23:49
hahahaha yes the came to hamas and say: i am worked for israel and the end up: behind an motorcycle dead heheheh how stupid is that hamas boss Fathi Hammad, he dont laugthing about him self???

2 ) Colin Wright / USA
03/12/2012 03:28
If it's as advertised, this could work very well. 'You can get out if you act now -- and we can break Israel's network of informers.'

3 ) southparkbear / ashkelon
03/12/2012 06:15
so he can walk away?

4 ) x / Mozambique
03/12/2012 12:04
What if the P.A. turned themselves in?

5 ) Colin Wright / USA
04/12/2012 01:22
To x #4 'What if the P.A. turned themselves in?' I wouldn't be surprised if the PA more or less did that. Now that the tide has turned, Israel may be about to lose its reservation police.

6 ) Hamassholes / strike again.
04/12/2012 18:54
"Gaza's ministry of interior will pardon collaborators who turn themselves into authorities, a Hamas official said Sunday."

I guess the guy being dragged behind the bike will get his pardon posthumously. Not a very convincing advert, you might say!

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