In a double-killing of two alleged collaborators, Palestinians reveal their notions of justice and mercy. (Hat tip: LGF)
May. 30, 2006 18:12 | Updated May. 31, 2006 1:19
Al Aksa kills suspected collaborators
By JPOST STAFF AND AP
Masked Al Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades gunmen on Tuesday publicly executed a Palestinian man and woman they suspected of having spied for Israel.
The man was shot dead in the main street of a refugee camp, with a large crowd looking on. The woman was later shot to death by her relatives in the courtyard of the West Bank’s largest hospital.
The Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades, an offshoot of Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, accused Jafal Abu Tzrur, 24, of having informed the IDF where to find three of its members. The three were killed by IDF troops during a raid on the Balata refugee camp near Nablus earlier this year.
Al Aksa gunmen interrogated Abu Tzrur, claimed he confessed and then dragged him into Balata’s main street. As a large crowd looked on, the gunmen threw Abu Tzrur to the ground, witnesses said. When he tried to get up, the gunmen killed him with several shots, the witnesses said.
Note that the very people who claim loud and long that they want justice, execute without trial. There’s no way of knowing whether Abu Tzrur was guilty or not. Clearly his affar with the wife of one of the AMB could explain some of the hostility, regardless of whether he did or did not inform. This is a world of private “self-help” justice, where the affair was reason enough to execute.
The movement said it also killed Odad Abu Mustafa, 27, a Nablus woman. Abu Mustafa was married to one of the Aksa men slain by Israel, and was reportedly having an affair with Abu Tzrur.
Abu Mustafa, a mother of four, was shot by gunmen and male relatives on grounds that she shamed her clan. More than 15 people took part in the execution, witnesses said. It took place in the courtyard of Raffidiyeh Hospital, the West Bank’s largest.
The mob originally planned to kill her in the street but were swayed by a man who pleaded with them not to carry out the killing in the view of little children could. She was then taken into the courtyard of the hospital, said Yousef Mahmoud, 18, who witnessed the killing.
This, of course, corresponds closely to the world of “thriving civil society” that those who profess solidarity with the Palestinians continue to assure us they find when they go to the territories:
Yet scratch the surface just a little deeper and something quite phenomenal is taking place in Palestinian society, despite the photographs and statistics. There is a vibrant, talented, peaceful and very resolute society that is determined, in spite of suffering, to forge a peaceful, democratic and pluralistic state with institutions that are fully prepared for Palestinians to take their rightful place among the society of nations.
That was penned in 2003. Three years later, hospitals are sites of execution, and the best one can do in pleading for mercy is that the woman not be executed in front of children, and no sign of the “forces of order” in sight. This is the cultural underbelly of the civil war that’s breaking out slow-motion in the PA. It’s not “merely” a problem of politics, to be solved by “democratic” elections: democracy is a cultural achievement, and this culture is not ready for it.
“One of the gunmen said ‘where is her brother?’ and when he stepped forward they said to him ‘you know what you need to do,”‘ he said. “The brother took out a gun and shot her in the head with one bullet.”
Mahmoud said the brother then emptied the entire clip into the body of his sister, while the surrounding gunmen fired into the air. He said that the woman remained silent throughout and did not resist her captors.
Neighbors of the woman said she had four children; two boys and two girls, ranging in age from 11 to three and a half.
And who will these children grow up to hate?
And if they do this to their own people for “shaming” them, imagine what they’d do to the Israelis if they had a chance.
But I’m sure Noam Chomsky can find a way to flip the ever-popular moral equivalence and point out how we’re really much worse.