Hamas executes “collaborators” as Israeli air strikes target leadership

posted at 12:01 pm on August 22, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Alternate headline: Yesterday’s question answered. The sudden accuracy of Israeli attacks on Hamas leadership didn’t escape the notice of those who have survived the latest round of retaliatory air strikes after Hamas violated yet another cease-fire. After three top commanders got killed in Gaza, Hamas went on a mole hunt … and executed 18 accused “collaborators.” Seven of them were killed outside a mosque, in front of worshipers:

Another eleven were killed outside of an abandoned police station:

Hamas conducted both events publicly to send a clear message to Gazans about who’s in charge:

In the public execution, militants wearing masks and dressed in black gunned down the suspects, whose faces were covered and hands bound, as worshippers emerged from the Omari mosque on Palestine Square, one of Gaza’s busiest districts.

“The resistance has begun an operation called ‘strangling the necks’, targeting collaborators who aid the (Israeli) occupation, kill our people and destroy houses,” a pro-Hamas website said.

A so-called conviction letter signed by the “Palestinian Resistance” was posted on a wall near to where the bodies of alleged collaborators lay. The notice read:

“They provided the enemy with information about the whereabouts of fighters, tunnels of resistance, bombs, houses of fighters and places of rockets, and the occupation bombarded these areas killing a number of fighters… Therefore, the ruling of revolutionary justice was handed upon him.”

The problem for Hamas is that “the beatings will continue until morale improves” is supposed to be a joke. Summary executions conducted in public might make Gazans more fearful of Hamas leadership, but not necessarily more loyal. The message proclaims “justice,” but this is nothing more than revenge — and it’s not clear to anyone who these alleged collaborators were, let alone if they were actually guilty of any “crime” at all. Gazans have already become disenchanted with Hamas for its determination to conduct a war on their backs rather than cut a face-saving deal of some sort, and rounding up and killing the so-called usual suspects won’t endear them any more to Hamas and its dictatorial grip on the enclave.

This indicates a new level of desperation for Hamas, and the New York Times notices it as well:

Hamas is the party that keeps extending this summer’s bloody battle in the Gaza Strip, repeatedly breaking temporary truces and vowing to endlessly fire rockets into Israel until its demands are met. But the latest round of fighting appears to have given Israel the upper hand in a conflict that has already outlasted all expectations and is increasingly becoming a war of attrition. …

Israel’s advantage has never looked more lopsided. In contrast to the earlier phase of the war, Israel this week deployed its extensive intelligence capabilities and overwhelming firepower in targeted bombings with limited civilian casualties less likely to raise the world’s ire. …

The long-term impact of the strikes against the Hamas commanders, which followed an attempted assassination of the head of the armed wing on Tuesday night, may be limited. Hamas waged its fiercest fight ever this summer despite Israel’s 2012 hit on the director of day-to-day military operations.

But in killing Hamas militant leaders responsible for years of headline-grabbing attacks, including the 2006 abduction of Sgt. Gilad Shalit, Israel dealt a profound psychological blow to the enemy while giving the home front something clear to celebrate.

“These are senior people,” said Michael Herzog, a retired Israeli brigadier general and fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “People in Gaza know exactly who they are, people in Israel know exactly who they are. In our bilateral context, it resonates strongly.”

Hamas had counted on world pressure to force Israel into concessions to end the conflict, a strategy Hamas has used in the past to some significant effect. This time, however, global attention has been diverted in a particularly damaging way to ISIS and the genocides conducted in Iraq and Syria. The cognitive difference of proclaiming the ideology of ISIS as perverse while demanding Israel engage with Hamas diplomatically is too much for most of the global community. That has left Hamas twisting in the wind, as Egypt and Israel have successfully boxed out two of Hamas’ few allies in Turkey and Qatar from interfering in negotiations, and put even more scrutiny on the fact that it’s Hamas that violates the cease-fire agreements and not Israel.

If Gazans want peace, they will have to jettison Hamas. Hamas knows this, which is why they’re resorting to summary executions on the streets to keep the Gazans afraid to resist them. That will only work for so long, and that time is getting progressively shorter and shorter.


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I fully expect the left to protest these killings./

rob verdi on August 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Cool article

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

At least Eric Holder and Jay Nixon are going through the motions before the execution is carried out…

d1carter on August 22, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Where’s the picture of the guy in the theater eating popcorn?

That said, I wish we could employ summary executions here for high-volume drug traffickers.

BuckeyeSam on August 22, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Thank God that the Egyptians got rid of obama’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2014 at 12:08 PM

I fully expect the left to protest these killings./

rob verdi on August 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

After they’re done taking notes on how to do it.

RBMN on August 22, 2014 at 12:11 PM

first video is inop here

dmacleo on August 22, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Hamas is desperate and this confirms it. They realize the game is up and most of the population is tired of being used in their personal war with Israel. They realize that peace won’t come at the point of a gun and from a group devoted to destroying Israel. THat will never happen.

This is what all tyrannical groups perform as a last move. They start to kill their own citizens in order to try and prevent their inevitable demise. In reality, all they will do is prolong it.

When you turn against your own people, it’s just about over.

Marcus Traianus on August 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM

At least Eric Holder and Jay Nixon are going through the motions before the execution is carried out…

d1carter on August 22, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Yep, we is sopheestimacated!

squint on August 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM

But in killing Hamas militant leaders responsible for years of headline-grabbing attacks, including the 2006 abduction of Sgt. Gilad Shalit, Israel dealt a profound psychological blow to the enemy while giving the home front something clear to celebrate.

And we should be doing the same thing with ISIS and every other terrorist group. Focus on locating their leaders and kill them wherever they’re found. No prisoners. If someone takes their place, kill them too. Repeat as necessary.

RadClown on August 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Look at the picture on the home page for this thread. Is that Hamas or the Hamas-like thugs in Ferguson, Mo.

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM

If only the liberal media (and far too many HA contributors) were as concerned with the militarization of Hamas as they were with the militarization of our police forces.

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM

The HamasGoons are probably going after
HINO’s..(Hamas In Name Only),

and, or, the “Moderates”!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on August 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Put a bunch of rats in a box and don’t feed them and they will kill and eat each other.
Sounds like a good plan to deal with the Paleos – and it seems to be working.

dentarthurdent on August 22, 2014 at 12:25 PM

That has left Hamas twisting in the wind, as Egypt and Israel have successfully boxed out two of Hamas’ few allies in Turkey and Qatar from interfering in negotiations,

Well, they also boxed out John f’ Kerry. FTW!

butch on August 22, 2014 at 12:25 PM

So,…..GazaTerrorists are converting the West Bank into a Death Camp.

I wonder if the U.N. will blame Israel for Hamas executing its own!

canopfor on August 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM

MeanWhile,……………….:

Pinned Tweet
IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 33m

A short while ago, a mortar hit Sdot Negev regional council near a kindergarten, killing an Israeli child.

IDF @IDFSpokesperson · 3h

BREAKING: Moments ago, a rocket fired from Gaza directly hit a synagogue in Ashdod, wounding two civilians.

https://twitter.com/IDFSpokesperson

canopfor on August 22, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Yeah, those guys don’t look like ISIS at all. / Let’s see where the left falls on this issue, if they connect the dots. Doubtful.

Bee on August 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM

If Gazans want peace, they will have to jettison Hamas. Hamas knows this, which is why they’re resorting to summary executions on the streets to keep the Gazans afraid to resist them. That will only work for so long, and that time is getting progressively shorter and shorter.

It will work as long as there is a single Gaza civilian left alive. How long will it take Hamas to execute 2 million or so people?

Walter L. Newton on August 22, 2014 at 12:31 PM

https://twitter.com/AP

The Associated Press @AP · 7h

VIDEO: Raw footage of Israeli airstrike in Gaza: http://apne.ws/1ADr5dI
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Raw: Israeli Air Strike in Gaza

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxDNoJDRZtI&feature=youtu.be&list=PLnwt1fUa-EVjvQTA2AaRuGkRN_RjXY-35

canopfor on August 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM

I have a hard time working up sympathy for the Gaza citizens. They voted for these terrorists.

And yes, I am consistent in my view of the massively (D) voting liberal US city that will eventually be attacked by ISIS or their surrogates.

deepdiver on August 22, 2014 at 12:34 PM

The Ferguson protestors/looters should look at Hamas and see what real Tyranny & Murder looks like.

portlandon on August 22, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Just what we need .. too different groups of savages trying to ‘up’ the other.
Yum.

pambi on August 22, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Why is Hamas upset??? I thought the muzzies prefer death. They should be celebrating that they are meeting the virgins now.

garydt on August 22, 2014 at 12:34 PM

The Ferguson protestors/looters should look at Hamas and see what real Tyranny & Murder looks like.

portlandon on August 22, 2014 at 12:34 PM

I thought this was the kind of trial they want for Wilson.

butch on August 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I doubt those people were collaborators. Like Kerry, these terrorists often use unsecure lines to talk to each other, thereby, telling the ISF where they are.

Blake on August 22, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Obama is so upset he double bogeyed his next hole…

right2bright on August 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM

There needs to be one last crusade: The complete annihilation of islam.

ConstantineXI on August 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Obama is so upset he double bogeyed his next hole…

right2bright on August 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM

From what I’ve heard double bogey would be a good score for O.

He’s as inept at golf (despite playing more rounds than Tiger Woods this year) as he is at everything else.

ConstantineXI on August 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

The message proclaims “justice,” but this is nothing more than revenge…

That sounds like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and New Black Panthers in Ferguson, MO…

ITguy on August 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

No Mas Hamas!

PEP on August 22, 2014 at 12:43 PM

If Gazans want peace, they will have to jettison Hamas. Hamas knows this, which is why they’re resorting to summary executions on the streets to keep the Gazans afraid to resist them. That will only work for so long, and that time is getting progressively shorter and shorter.

It will work as long as there is a single Gaza civilian left alive. How long will it take Hamas to execute 2 million or so people?

Walter L. Newton on August 22, 2014 at 12:31 PM

I think a more accurate statement might be that as long as there are Gazans with family members can be taken away in the middle of the night, the tactic will work.

And if you look at the Second Intifadah, the Palestinians, whether PLO or Hamas, have always been more than ready to kill their own in search of political power and money. By my rough estimate, the PLO killed more Palestinians in the Second Intifadah than the Israeli “monsters”, and all of them were executed as Israeli informants.

catsandbooks on August 22, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Hopefully, this will give pause for anyone who uses the words “Hamas” and “Palestinian” interchangeably. These people don’t inspire so much as threaten and bribe.

Mahna Mahna on August 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Elections have consequences.

HotAirian on August 22, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Gazans have already become disenchanted with Hamas for its determination to conduct a war on their backs rather than cut a face-saving deal of some sort, and rounding up and killing the so-called usual suspects won’t endear them any more to Hamas and its dictatorial grip on the enclave.

ROTFLMAO… you’re such an idiot Ed, Muslims love seeing people die, and they really don’t care who is doing the dying. They love death, remember? “We love death even more than you love life”. No, they really are not kidding when they say that. Islam really is a cult of death. No, the Palestinians living in Gaza are not going to become disenchanted with Hamas. They love Hamas, that’s why they elected them.

oscarwilde on August 22, 2014 at 12:46 PM

There needs to be one last crusade: The complete annihilation of islam.

ConstantineXI on August 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM

+1,000,000,000

bimmcorp on August 22, 2014 at 12:46 PM

The White House as well, is cracking down on “collaborators”!!
(snark)

https://twitter.com/APDiploWriter

Matt Lee @APDiploWriter · Aug 21

.@StateDept bars US diplomats from taking ALS ice bucket challenge” (Photo of cable below) http://apne.ws/1v1u3s9
==========================================================

https://twitter.com/APDiploWriter/status/502479235932762112/photo/1

canopfor on August 22, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Prayers are up for Steven Sotloff…I fear this American will endure the brutality of having his head separated from his body within the next week.

And Barack Obama doesn’t give a fat rat’s ass, either.

bimmcorp on August 22, 2014 at 12:52 PM

There needs to be one last crusade: The complete annihilation of islam.

ConstantineXI on August 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM

George Washington would and DID express his desire to:

reform those enemies to mankind, or crush them into non-existence.

ITguy on August 22, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Why can’t we spread a rumor that ISIS is responsible for outing Hamas secrets? Let Hamas declare war on ISIS and vice versa, then just set Syria for the battle.

Kind of like it was unfortunate that Poland was in between Germany and the Soviets; and rather unfortunate we were at war with Germany too. The Soviets and the Nazis could have fought each other to the death and bled each other dry…. after all, without US and Brit firepower, who knows how much longer Germany could have faced off against the Soviet hordes. Especially with their manufacturing plant intact without US bombing.

Patton was right when he said we should ignore the Germans and march to Moscow, after all.

Vanceone on August 22, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Hey, I though dieing for the cause was the object here. Hamas should be overjoyed their leaders finally got to be martyrs!!

At least now they will not have to use live fighters for their displays of bombing victims.

KenInIL on August 22, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Bi Bi is rightfully p*ssed:

Gaza, PS
57s

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Hamas will ‘pay a heavy price’ after Israeli boy is killed in mortar attack – @BBCBreaking
Read more on http://www.bbc.com
========================

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28896346

canopfor on August 22, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Hamas executes “collaborators voters”

Elections have consequences. Palestinians overwhelmingly elected Hamas and are reaping the rewards of being stupid in whom they chose to put in office. I’ll say this. We are like the Palestinians in that one aspect. We’ve made some lousy election choices too.

HotAirian on August 22, 2014 at 1:08 PM

http://therightscoop.com/state-dept-rejects-netanyahus-comparison-of-hamas-and-isis-theyre-quite-different-in-some-ways/

They just refuse to admit that ISIS and Hamas has the same ideology..they both want Israel destroyed..heck, Hamas would destroy America if they could

sadsushi on August 22, 2014 at 1:14 PM

MeanWhile,……:
=============

https://twitter.com/i24news_EN

i24news_EN @i24news_EN · Jul 24

Poll: 85% of the West Bank pleased with #Hamas►►http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/society/38080-140724-poll-85-of-the-west-bank-is-pleased-with-hamas …

i24news_EN @i24news_EN · Jul 27

Vast majority of #Israelis oppose #Gaza #ceasefire ►► ►► http://i24ne.ws/zD8S3

canopfor on July 28, 2014 at 9:56 PM

canopfor on August 22, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Cool article

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

As usual VDH is right on the button.

NOMOBO on August 22, 2014 at 1:16 PM

corona79 hardest hit

HumpBot Salvation on August 22, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Let’s put our money where our mouth is.

http://www.gofundme.com/SupportOfficerWilson

they lie on August 22, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Go Israel, Go! Destroy Hamas now.
A Vietnam Vet

leader4hru on August 22, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Israel should spread the word that half the Hamas fighters are actually Israeli moles.
That would be a helluva lotta fun to watch.

dentarthurdent on August 22, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Muzzie killing Muzzie. What’s not to like?

307wolverine on August 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM

I wonder if someone in the IDF recently watched “The Punisher”.
This is basically what Frank Castle did to the Saints.

dentarthurdent on August 22, 2014 at 1:48 PM

That water-boarding, it’s so terrible.

LaughterJones on August 22, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Go Israel, Go! Destroy Hamas now.

I agree with the sentiment, but I wonder if the Israelis can do this w/o the help of the people of Gaza. The article from VDH that was linked earlier in this thread addresses that issue.

A Vietnam Vet

leader4hru on August 22, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Thank you for your service.

climbnjump on August 22, 2014 at 2:23 PM

This is from July 29:

Report: Hamas Executed 20 Palestinian Anti-War Protestors in Gaza

slickwillie2001 on August 22, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Israel should spread the word that half the Hamas fighters are actually Israeli moles.
That would be a helluva lotta fun to watch.

dentarthurdent on August 22, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Re “moles”, don’t forget, Hamas also executed many of the paid laborers that they put to work digging tunnels, so there would be no chance of a leak as to their location. Life is cheap to Hamas, as long as it’s the life of others.

slickwillie2001 on August 22, 2014 at 2:29 PM

They need to play mind games, say that “1 in 6 Hamas members is an Israeli informant!!!” or this faction or that…

send food aid,etc only through them…

make sure they don’t get targeted…

Keith_Indy on August 22, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Hamas is delusional. Drones, when attached to facial recognition technology capabilities, can track Hamas ringleaders every move. Identifying their homes will be easy to do, and won’t require any Palestinians to feed information to Israel. Once again, Hamas has chosen cruelty over logic.

MTF on August 22, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Keith_Indy on August 22, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Along that line – just mail envelopes with cash to a bunch of random Palestinians – then sit back and watch.

dentarthurdent on August 22, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Hamas conducted both events publicly to send a clear message to Gazans about who’s in charge…

Or they may have done so because they’re jealous of all the “Most Evil Entity On The Planet” press that ISIS has been getting lately, and are fishing for compliments.

jbspry on August 22, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Re “moles”, don’t forget, Hamas also executed many of the paid laborers that they put to work digging tunnels, so there would be no chance of a leak as to their location. Life is cheap to Hamas, as long as it’s the life of others.

slickwillie2001 on August 22, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Not forgetting that at all – in fact that was part of the logic for getting them to play “kill the mole”….

dentarthurdent on August 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Amazing how they distrust each other. Just the kind you want running your country.

formwiz on August 22, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Ah! The religion of peace strikes again. LOL

txdoc on August 22, 2014 at 3:35 PM

I love this $#!+ where they turn on one another out of fear, paranoia, anxiety, dissension, suspicions.

Esaus Message on August 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

There it is Norway and Sweden, your favorite pet ethnicity/Religion is murdering again. You sure you want to side with Hamas?

jake49 on August 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Remember, lefties, thugs and brutes turn on their own.

Are these 18 really sources? DOubt it – but Hamas is desperate and has to DO something so they play their bloody, murderous roles on their own people. Absolutely disgusting.

MN J on August 22, 2014 at 7:13 PM