A military court in Gaza sentenced a Palestinian to death by hanging Thursday, for alledgedly collaborating with the Israeli enemy, said a source close to the court . The accused, identified only by his initials AS, “was sentenced to death by hanging after being convicted of collaborating with the occupier”, the term the authorities use for Israel, the source said.
The death sentences imposed in the Gaza should theoretically be approved by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. But Hamas, the Islamist movement in power in Gaza, does not recognize his legitimacy.
Under Palestinian law, “collaborators”, murderers and drug traffickers are liable to the death penalty. At least one Palestinian accused of “collaboration” with Israel was sentenced to death this year in the West Bank.