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B’Tselem strongly condemns executions of individuals suspected of collaborating with Israel

According to media reports, armed Hamas operatives killed over twenty Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for allegedly collaborating with Israel. Images of the executions were published in the media. According to media reports, since Thursday 21 August 2014, some 25 Palestinians were executed, including seven persons in a central square in Gaza City. In view of current conditions in the Gaza Strip, B’Tselem cannot investigate these reports in depth or provide names and precise figures regarding the people killed in these incidents.

International humanitarian law entirely prohibits any state or organization to carry out summary executions, regardless of the nature of the allegations. Such actions are a grave breach of international law and all persons involved in their perpetration bear personal, criminal liability.

B’Tselem condemns the use of capital punishment, which is immoral, and believes that this penalty ought to be unlawful, no matter the circumstances.