HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH report condemns HAMAS brutality against its own citizens

“During Israel’s attack on Gaza, Hamas moved violently against its political opponents and those deemed collaborators with Israeli forces. The unlawful arrests, torture, and killings continued even after the fighting stopped, mocking Hamas’s claims to uphold the law.”

The 26-page report, Under Cover of War: Hamas Political Violence in Gaza,” documents a pattern since late December 2008 of arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, maimings by shooting, and extrajudicial executions by alleged members of Hamas security forces. The report is based on interviews with victims and witnesses in Gaza and case reports by Palestinian human rights groups. The spate of attacks began during Israel’s military operation, from December 27, 2008, to January 18, 2009, including the summary execution of 18 men in Gaza, most of them suspected collaborators with Israel.It has continued in the three months since, with 14 more killings, at least four of them of people in detention. Internal political violence in Gaza and the West Bank is not new. Over the past three years, Hamas and its chief rival, Fatah, which controls the West Bank, have carried out arbitrary arrests of each other’s supporters and subjected detainees to torture and ill-treatment.  HRW