Gaza: Hamas Executes 5 Palestinians

Photo: Mohammed Salem/Reuters [via The New York Times]

The Facts

  • Hamas - the Palestinian militant group that controls the Gaza Strip - executed five Palestinians on Sun., two of them on charges of espionage for Israel in 2009 and 2015. These were the first executions in the Palestinian territories since 2017.

  • Hamas has said that the two men executed for espionage provided Israel with information that led to the killing of Palestinians. The other three men had been convicted of murder.

The Spin

Pro-Israel narrative

Hamas continues to show its true colors by brutally executing anyone it sees as a threat. Human rights groups have continuously criticized this behavior, but Hamas simply doesn't care. Israel is right to blockade Gaza while these terrorists are in power.

Pro-Palestine narrative

Hamas undertook what is standard practice across the world, including in the US. Treason and murder are executable offenses, and Gazan officials have every right to seek justice for these crimes.

Establishment split



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