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West Bank - Masked Palestinians Kill Suspected Spy for Israel

Published on: May 22, 2011 04:50 PM
By:  Reuters
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West Bank - Masked Palestinians shot dead a West Bank man suspected of spying for Israel, the second such killing in the occupied territory this month, security sources said.

They identified the victim as Omar Helwan, 32, of Beit Dajan village near Nablus, and said he had previously been held in a Palestinian prison on charges of working as an Israeli agent. Palestinian police were investigating, security sources said.


Such killings have become rare in the West Bank since a bolstered police force, supervised by Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s government, has largely restored law and order in recent years.

Under Western scrutiny, Abbas has withheld the presidential approval required by law for carrying out death sentences against Palestinians convicted of treason.

Ignoring him, rival Hamas Islamists who control the Gaza Strip on May 4 executed a Palestinian found guilty of spying.

That move underscored continued tensions between the factions despite a power-sharing deal sealed with Egypt’s help.

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 May 22, 2011 at 05:39 PM clear-thinker Says:

Such is the Palestinian rule of law. Talk about presumed guilty


 May 22, 2011 at 06:06 PM HY"D Says:

There may be a few Palestinians who resist the relentless indoctrination of hostility and hatred towards Jews. When everyone around you, including parents, teachers, relatives, media, leaders, etc. tells you that Jews are the enemy, it takes an unusual person to see past the fog of deceit and recognize other truths and realities. If these people risked their lives to help Israel, Hashem Yenakem Damam. Tarek Fatah wrote a great book called, "The Jew is Not My Enemy." Of course this courageous Muslim has received death threats, but he persists in spreading his message, and should be commended by our community.


 May 22, 2011 at 06:45 PM Anonymous Says:

These Palestinians almost sounds like 'New Square'


 May 22, 2011 at 08:22 PM couldbe Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

These Palestinians almost sounds like 'New Square'

Shame on you for this terrible comment!


 May 22, 2011 at 08:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Obama this is what you want.. sounds like iran in the making..keep dreaming it will never happen


 May 23, 2011 at 01:32 AM Anonymous Says:

From a third world country view that's how it was all the time they just think you spy they get rid of you no billion dollar court cases and then giving them lifetime jail


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