GAZA: HAMAS EXECUTES PROMINENT COMMANDER AFTER ACCUSATIONS OF GAY SEX
March 2, 2016: The armed wing of Palestinian militant group Hamas executed one of the groupâ€™s leading commanders after allegations surfaced of gay sex and theft, it has been revealed.
Members of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades shot Mahmoud Ishtiwi, 34, three times in the chest after they had detained him for a year, The New York Times reported on March, 1st.
Hamas announced that the man in charge of a number of the groupâ€™s tunnels used for smuggling and surprise attacks had been executed for moral turpitude, a Hamas term for homosexuality.
Ishtiwiâ€™s family, Hamas loyalists, broke rank to condemn his execution, saying that â€śwhat happened was part of an internal settling of scores.â€ť They said that he was set up by the militant group and was tortured into making false confessions.
A Hamas investigation alleged that Ishtiwi had hidden money designated for his unitâ€™s weapons, before an unnamed man claimed to have had sex with him, providing details about their meetings. The investigation concluded that the money Ishtiwi had stolen had been used to pay the man for sexual relations or to bribe him to keep Ishtiwiâ€™s secret.
The Hamas leadership was reportedly concerned that if Ishtiwi was secretly gayâ€”something he would have had to hide in a conservative Islamic societyâ€”Israeli intelligence could have used that to turn him into an informant and extract vital information that might have resulted in assassinations against the groupâ€™s leadership.
There had already been speculation that he had provided Israel with the coordinates for the location of Mohammed Deif, Hamasâ€™s elusive and secretive leader, resulting in an assassination attempt on August 20, 2014. Deif escaped alive, but his wife and son were killed. However, no evidence has emerged to suggest that Ishtiwi had any involvement in the incident.
Ishtiwi, who had two wives and three children, carved the word zulum, or wronged, into his body while he was in prison, his family said. They said Ishtiwi told them during a family visit to the jail that he had been whipped, deprived of sleep and hung from the ceiling during his detention. (Sources: europe.newsweek.com, 02/03/2016)