Hamas accused of failing to investigate executions and body dragging

(JNS.org) Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Gaza’s Hamas government failed to fully investigate an incident that occurred during the latest conflict between Israel and Gaza in November 2012, in which seven Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel were executed and the body of one was dragged through the street by a motorcycle.

Click photo to download. Caption: Flag of Hamas. The group that controls Gaza has been accused of ignoring the killing of 7 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel, one of whom was dragged through the street by a motorcycle. Credit: Guilherme Paula via Wikimedia Commons.

Although a military court convicted the men, Hamas's "inability or unwillingness to investigate the brazen murders of seven men makes a mockery of its claims that it's upholding the rule of law in Gaza," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director of the New York-based HRW, a George Soros-funded group that has often been critical of Israel.

"Even before the killings, the abuses the men suffered made the criminal justice system a travesty, regardless of their guilt or innocence,” HRW said in a statement, the BBC reported.

Hamas spokesman Ihab al-Ghusain said Thursday that there was an official inquiry after the incident, but HRW also quoted a Hamas leader, Mahmud Zahar, who justified the killings, saying, “We will not allow one collaborator to be in Gaza, and let human rights groups say whatever they want. A human has rights if they have honor and not if they are a traitor.”

Posted on April 12, 2013 .