Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Based on the Latest Human Rights Watch Report, Maybe It's Better if the Palestinians Don't Have a State

For all the talk of Israeli "abuses", the abuses faced by Palestinians committed by Hamas in Gaza are far worse.  Here is an excerpt from the latest Human Rights Watch report on Gaza:

In August 2008, Abdel Karim Shrair was arrested by members of the al-Qassam brigades, Hamas's armed wing, which detained and allegedly tortured him at an unknown location for three weeks before transferring him to the custody of the police. The military prosecutor then ordered Shrair's detention and interrogation by the Internal Security service, and later charged him with collaborating with Israel, in part on the basis of information that his lawyer alleged was obtained under torture. Internal Security interrogators also tortured Shrair, his family said, and prevented them from seeing him until October. Shrair's mother said that when she was first able to see him, his legs and face were bruised, his feet were swollen, his hands and arms had rope marks and his chest had burn marks. The military courts did not adequately address Shrair's claims of torture. The courts held that the prosecutor, by subsequently ordering Shrair's detention and interrogation, had retroactively "corrected" prior gross violations including Shrair's warrantless arrest and incommunicado detention. Shrair was sentenced to death and executed by firing squad in May 2011. His mother said that Hamas authorities had prohibited the family from burying him, and that police beat her when she tried to hold his body during the interment.


Shrair's mother, Safia Ahmad Shrair, told Human Rights Watch that her son had been a member of the Palestinian Authority's civil police force, as well as a fighter with the Fatahaffiliated al-Aqsa Brigades, an armed group. Hamas authorities accused Shrair of providing Israel with information that led to an attack on the house of Yassin Nassar, in 2003, that killed Nassar's son Mohammed, and the attempted killing of Islamic Jihad leader Hazem Rahim, in September 2004. According to Shrair's family, the real motives for Shrair's detention and conviction were personal; they claimed he had compromising information indicating that several members of the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, had extramarital sexual relationships.

So the guy is tortured and shot for having information about extramarital relationships of Hamas officials.  Then his mother is beaten for hugging his lifeless body afterwards.  Oh yeah, they are ready for a state.

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