British Embassy Convoy Attacked In Libya

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Some guy out for a walk with an RPG.

Via Sky News

A British Embassy convoy in Libya has been fired at during an attempted carjacking, as UK nationals were urged to leave the country immediately.

All staff escaped unscathed from the attack, which happened on the road between the capital Tripoli and Zawiya, which is en route to the Tunisian border.

Michael Aron, the UK’s ambassador to Libya, wrote on Twitter: “There was an attempted carjacking on a British Embassy convoy this morning.

“Shots were fired at our vehicles but all staff safe.”

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice to state: “British nationals in Libya should leave now by commercial means.”

The Libyan government said around 150 people have died in the country’s two biggest cities during two weeks of fighting.

Rival armed militia groups have clashed in the capital Tripoli trying to control the main airport, leaving nearly 100 dead.

A large plane on the tarmac was destroyed in the violence.

In the eastern city of Benghazi, more than 50 have been killed, including many civilians, as security forces battled Islamist militants.

It has been the deadliest violence since the 2011 war that ousted Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, with the central government unable to impose order.

The United States shut its embassy on Saturday and safely evacuated its diplomats by road to neighbouring Tunisia, escorted by F16 fighter jets.

The British Embassy remains open but with reduced staff and a limited ability to provide consular assistance.

The FCO has warned about the “greater intensity of fighting” in Tripoli and the likelihood of further attacks on foreigners.

There are believed to be between 100 and 300 Britons in the north African country.

A number of foreign nationals have been shot dead in Libya since December and more attacks are expected.

LGBT Jobs Fair Tries To Prevent Straight Students From Attending Over Fears They Will Offend Gays…

LGBT

It’s OK to discriminate against the non-fabulous.

Via Campus Reform:

When it comes to finding a job after graduation, business students are throwing their sexual orientation into the mix as well.

Reaching Out MBA, an annual conference of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender graduate business students, completes its three-day lineup of speakers and workshops with a job fair—a job fair that is becoming increasingly exclusive.

According to Matt Kidd, executive director of Reaching Out MBA, 10 percent of the 1,100 attendees at last year’s conference identified as straight. Because of that, this year attendees are now required to submit an essay on why they wish to attend the conference or be recommended through campus LGBT organizations so that the conference can vet potential attendees.

Kidd told Bloomberg Businessweek that the conference wasn’t trying to exclude LGBT-allies and also recognized that several conference attendees come from large, southern MBA programs where the LGBT students may not feel as readily accepted and may not be as readily apt to divulge their sexual preference.

But Kidd said that the straight students attending the job fair were “offensive” as LGBT-identifying students overheard things such as “Dude, I’m not gay” or “There needs to be less focus on gay stuff at this event.”

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Senator Walsh’s Plagiarism Scandal, PTSD References Angers Veterans

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The PTSD excuse plays into the crazed Veteran narrative. Walsh needs to man up and take responsibility.

Via Townhall

Well, “papergate” continues to plague Democratic Montana Sen. John Walsh, who didn’t attribute roughly a quarter of his paper for his Master of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

After allegations of plagiarism broke, the Montana Senator said he had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder while writing the paper, but didn’t want to blame his lapse in judgment on PTSD, according to the Associated Press:

Walsh told The Associated Press when he wrote the thesis, he had PTSD from his service in Iraq, was on medication and was dealing with the stress of a fellow veteran’s recent suicide.

“I don’t want to blame my mistake on PTSD, but I do want to say it may have been a factor,” the senator said. “My head was not in a place very conducive to a classroom and an academic environment.”

Nevertheless, the fact that PTSD was even brought up, coupled with the plagiarism allegations, has angered veterans (Bozeman Daily Chronicle):

Retired Montana National Guard Sgt. Maj. Timothy Pentecost fought in Vietnam and Iraq, and according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, is 100 percent disabled by post-traumatic stress disorder. He also worked with Walsh.

“It’s totally bogus,” an outraged Pentecost told the Chronicle. “I can’t believe he’s using the PTSD as a reason for what he has done in plagiarizing the paper, and that weak response he had was terrible.”

Brian Rudolph, 31, an Iraq and Afghanistan combat veteran from Great Falls, said he still has not heard Walsh apologize.

“I don’t know if it’s going to do a whole lot; I don’t know how much people overall take that into consideration,” said Rudolph. “It’s not that hard to cite something. It’s quite a bit of his paper really. But I think there’s a lot of people out there who have never had to write a paper so they might not understand the whole deal about it.”

The Chronicle added that Rudolph, who is undecided on the Montana Senate Race, said that the PTSD reference was “an irrelevant play for the public’s sympathy.”

At the same time, members of the press, specifically the Washington Post, are aghast over the fact that a fourteen-page paper is sufficient for a Master’s Degree.

Regardless, plagiarism torpedoed then-Senator Joe Biden’s 1988 presidential bid; it very well could do the same for Mr. Walsh, who’s already facing less than hopeful prospects of surviving come Election Day.

Islamic State Destroys Another Ancient Mosque In Mosul, 14th Century Prophet Jirjis Mosque Leveled…

The Islamic cavemen have now destroyed three ancient sites in Mosul over the past five days.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State group blew up a mosque and shrine dating back to the 14th century in Mosul on Sunday, local residents said, the latest casualty in a week that has seen a half dozen of the Iraqi city’s most revered holy places destroyed.

Mosul residents said the Prophet Jirjis Mosque and Shrine was bombed and destroyed by the radical jihadist group. They spoke anonymously to The Associated Press for fear of reprisal.

The complex was built over the Quraysh cemetery in Mosul in the late 14th century, and included a small shrine dedicated to Nabi Jerjis, the Prophet George.

The al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State group captured large swaths of land in western and northern Iraq, including Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, which was captured in June. The group has imposed a self-styled caliphate in territory they control in Iraq and Syria, imposing their harsh interpretation of Islamic law. .

Among the mosques destroyed in Mosul last week were the Mosque of the Prophet Sheeth (Seth) and the Mosque of the Prophet Younis, or Jonah, said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, who in stories from both the Bible and Quran is swallowed by a whale. The militants claim that such mosques have become places for apostasy, not prayer.

Saudi King Says Jihadists Have Been Led Astray By “Enemies Of Islam”…

There is no difference between how the Islamic State runs their “Caliphate” in Syria/Iraq and how the Wahhabi regime governs in Saudi Arabia.

Via CNS News:

As the world’s Muslims end their fasting month of Ramadan on Monday, Saudi King Abdullah in an Eid Al-Fitr message to Muslims everywhere underlined one situation which he said had tempered the joy of Ramadan. It wasn’t the Gaza Strip.

Instead, the “custodian of the two holy mosques,” who turns 90 on Friday, pointed to those whom he said had been misled by Islam’s enemies to carry out acts of terror in many parts of the Islamic world.

“The joy of this Eid would have been complete if it were not for the harsh reality experienced by our Islamic nation in many of its parts as a result of conflicts for the sake of slogans, calls and factions that are totally baseless,” Abdullah said in a speech, read on Saudi television by his culture and information minister.

“These conflicts would not have existed, if the enemies of Islam and peace had not found a small group who went astray as a result of listening to them,” he said. “The group has become an easy tool in their hands.”

“They have used the group to terrorize and kill innocent people, and have distorted the texts, implications and interpretations of shari’a to serve their ends and personal interests.”

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Converted Hispanics In Miami Embrace New Faith, Celebrate End Of Ramadan

Miami converts

Is the new wave of illegal aliens the next group of converts?

Via Miami Herald

Keyla Calix, a 25-year-old Honduran living in downtown Miami, didn’t think her friend’s gift of a Quran would lead her to reject her Catholic upbringing.

But two years later, after a serious evaluation of Islam sparked by the holy book, she will head to a mosque Monday morning for Eid al-Fitr, a celebration that marks the end of Ramadan.

“My family thought that Islam was just for Arabs,” Calix said, “but Islam is for everyone, not just for Arabs or Pakistani.”

Miami’s Islamic community will celebrate the end of Islam’s holy month alongside a series of new beginnings, like Calix’s. She is part of a growing segment of Miami’s population converting to Islam, according to Miami’s Islamic leaders.

Twenty years ago, there were five mosques in the Miami area. Now, there are about 30, said Shabbir Motorwala, a member of COSMOS, the Coalition of South Florida Muslim Organizations.

Two to three people a month are converting to Islam in each South Florida mosque, said Mohammed Badat, the Imam at a mosque in Kendall. Many of them, he said, are Hispanic women like Calix.

Islam is a natural religion for Hispanics to embrace because both cultures are family-oriented and emphasize taking care of young people and the elderly, Badat said. He also said that those who choose to convert are often well-educated and pick Islam after much thought and research.

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Obama Abandons Israel At U.N. Security Council…

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Surprised it took this long.

Via Foreign Policy:

Despite a history of rocky relations between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Obama administration could largely be counted on to watch Israel’s back in the U.N. Security Council, where it succeeded for more than five years in blocking successive efforts by the Palestinians to gain more of the trappings of an independent state and to get the world body to formally censure Israeli settlement policies.

That changed after the stroke of midnight Sunday when, in the early minutes of Monday, July 28, the U.N. Security Council, with the backing of the United States, issued a formal “presidential statement” demanding that Israel and Hamas implement an “immediate and unconditional” cease-fire to end fighting that has left more than 1,000 Palestinians and 43 Israelis dead. The Palestinians say they will continue to seek Security Council support for a legally enforceable resolution demanding that Israel halt its military offensive in Gaza.

The latest U.N. diplomacy comes during a period of deepening tensions between the United States and Israel over the course of Israel’s military operation in Gaza, which Obama maintains needs to stop now, but which Netanyahu insists must be allowed to continue in order to destroy Hamas’s network of subterranean tunnels used for raids on Israel. “I understand that Israel can’t have a cease-fire in which they are not able to — that somehow the tunnels are never going to be dealt with. The tunnels have to be dealt with. We understand that; we’re working at that,” Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Paris on Saturday in a press conference with the foreign ministers of Turkey and Qatar. “By the same token, the Palestinians can’t have a cease-fire in which they think the status quo is going to stay and they’re not going to have the ability to be able to begin to live and breathe more freely and move within the crossings and begin to have goods and services that come in from outside.”

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Stingray, The Fake Cell Phone Tower Cops And Carriers Use To Track Your Every Move

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Never use your burner phone at home or near your everyday cell phone. Update to this story.

Via Extreme Tech

Over the past 12-18 months, there’s been an increased level of scrutiny applied to the various ways local, state, and federal law enforcement officials track and monitor the lives of ordinary citizens. One tool that’s come under increasing fire is the so-called stingray — a fake cell phone tower that law enforcement officials deploy to track a suspect, often without a warrant or any other formal approval.

A stingray is a false cell phone tower that can force phones in a geographical area to connect to it. Once these devices connect, the stingray can be used to either hone in on the target’s location or, with some models, actually eavesdrop on conversations, text messages, and web browser activity. It’s not clear how much the police cooperate with the cell phone carriers on this — in at least some cases, the police have gone to carriers with requests for information, while in others they seem to have taken a brute-force approach, dumping the data of every single user on a given tower and then sorting it to find the parties they’re interested in tracking. Stingrays can be used to force the phone to give up its user details, making it fairly easy for the police to match devices and account holders.

The potential uses for the information are enormous. Say a murder occurs on a particular street with an estimated time of death between 2 and 4 AM. Local law enforcement would have an obvious interest in compelling cell phone companies to turn over the records of every cell phone that moved in and out of the area between those two time periods. At rush hour, this kind of information would be useless — but if the cell phone network data shows a device in the same approximate area as the murder suddenly leaving the area at a high rate of speed, that cell phone owner is a potential suspect.

Virtually all the stingray devices in use across the United States are manufactured by one company, the Harris Corporation, which makes a variety of other tracking devices. Its other products can be used to conduct denial-of-service attacks on cell phones, monitor voice traffic, amplify the range and power of stingray attacks, and more sophisticated monitoring tools for triangulating an individual’s location.
A consistent disregard for constitutional safeguards

Used properly, stingrays could be an incredibly useful tool for law enforcement, but there are enormous problems with their current deployments. Police often fail to submit a warrant request — one police department in Florida has admitted to using a stingray more than 200 times since 2010 without ever getting a warrant for its use. These devices are indiscriminate — in rare cases, such as a stolen cell phone, police may know in advance precisely which device to target, but in the majority of scenarios they’re fishing for bait to see what they can find. The only indication that a phone has been trapped into connecting to a stingray may be a sudden increase in power consumption (the stingray tells the phone to run its antenna at maximum power).


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Pelosi To Dem Voters: Give Us Money Or Obama Will Be Impeached…

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This is the third email today from the DCCC, all of them warn of Obama being impeached.

Subject: kiss all hope goodbye
From: Nancy Pelosi <[email protected]>
Date: July 28, 2014 8:24:46 PM EDT
To:  Drew

If Boehner has his way, we might as well kiss all hope goodbye for the remainder of President Obama’s term.

Case in point: this week, Boehner is planning a vote to sue the President. The House of Representatives has never sued a sitting President in all of U.S. history. And if they do it, impeachment may very well be the next step.

Make no mistake: these Tea Party Republicans are obsessed with tearing down President Obama, not making progress for the middle class.

Drew, this is it. It’s time to go all in defending President Obama.

Denver Homeless Shelters Overflowing As City Deals With Surge Of Younger People Attracted To Legalized Marijuana

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Rocky mountain high.

Via Daily Mail

Officials at some Denver homeless shelters say the legalization of marijuana has contributed to an increase in the number of younger people living on the city’s streets.

One organization dealing with the increase is Urban Peak, which provides food, shelter and other services to homeless people aged 15 to 24 in Denver and Colorado Springs.

‘Of the new kids we’re seeing, the majority are saying they’re here because of the weed,’ deputy director Kendall Rames told The Denver Post. ‘They’re traveling through. It is very unfortunate.’

The Salvation Army’s single men’s shelter in Denver has been serving more homeless this summer, and officials have noted an increase in the number of 18- to 25-year-olds there.

The shelter housed an average of 225 each night last summer, but this summer it’s averaging 300 people per night.

No breakdown was available by age, but an informal survey found that about a quarter of the increase was related to marijuana, including people who moved hoping to find work in the marijuana industry, said Murray Flagg, divisional social services secretary for the Salvation Army’s Intermountain Division.

Some of the homeless have felony backgrounds that prevent them from working in pot shops and grow houses, which are regulated by the state, Flagg said.

He also thinks others may find work but don’t earn enough to pay rent in Denver’s expensive housing market.

At the St. Francis Center, a daytime homeless shelter, pot is the second most frequently volunteered reason for being in Colorado, after looking for work.

St. Francis executive director Tom Leuhrs also sees an economic reason for the increase of the number of homeless young people. They’re having difficulty moving from high school and college to the workforce, Leuhrs said.

‘The economy is not supporting them. There are not enough jobs,’ he said.

Edward Madewell said he was on his way back home to Missouri when he decided to head to Colorado so he could keep smoking the marijuana he uses to control seizures.

‘I’m not going to stop using something organic. I don’t like the pills,’ he said.

Dusty Taylor, 20, said he moved back to Colorado, where he grew up, to avoid legal problems.

‘I don’t want to catch a felony for smoking,’ he said.

Obama To Couples About To Get Married: Hey, You Know What You Guys Need? Crappy Overpriced Health Care…

Is he trying to doom them from the start?

DNC Wishes Islamic World A Happy Eid With A Picture Of Dear Leader…

Alternate headline: Cult of Obama wishes the Cult of Mohammed a happy Eid.

Hamas Leader Says Their Jihad Against Israel Is Just Like The American Revolution…

Yeah, not seeing the similarities there, Khaled.

Via CBS News:

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has said he’s not ready to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, saying that under Israeli occupation, Israel and a state of Palestine cannot coexist.

“When Israel practically commits itself to withdraw from Gaza completely and the West Bank without any settlements, and if we have Jerusalem as our capital and the return of the refugees is there, then we will reach peace,” Meshaal said through a translator in an exclusive interview with Charlie Rose, which will appear in full on PBS.

He compared the Hamas-Israel conflict to the American Revolution.

“Was it peaceful? Did you not kick the British out? So the nations, if they have the peaceful window to reach peace then they will better. Because we don’t like to kill our sons and daughters. But if you don’t have the peace then the resistance is legitimate. So the world has two choices: they need to help us peacefully reach [statehood] or we will expel this occupation from our land.”

Meshaal expressed his frustration with how the international community was responding to the conflict.

Federal Court Rules Against Radical Atheist Group, Ground Zero Cross To Stay…

Ground Zero Cross

Sanity prevails.

Via Daily Caller:

A federal court ruled Monday that the existence of a cross at Ground Zero does not violate the Constitution, slamming the appeal filed by the secular activist group American Atheists.

The famous cross, formed by two intersecting beams left standing after the 9/11 attacks, has been a powerful spiritual symbol for many since and even during the tragedy. Frank Silecchia discovered the cross while helping recover bodies from the site. “It was a sign,” he later said. ”a sign God hadn’t deserted us.”

American Atheists felt differently. In July 2011 they filed suit over the cross, which had been included in the 9/11 Memorial Museum, saying members of their group found its presence there “offensive and repugnant to their beliefs, culture, and traditions, and allege that the symbol marginalizes them as American citizens.”

“Many of American Atheists’ members have seen the cross, either in person or on television, and are being subjected to and injured in consequence of having a religious tradition not their own imposed upon them through the power of the state,” the suit read.

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Obama State Department: Israel Doing Too Good A Job Defending Itself…

Winning now officially a bad thing.

BLITZER: Is Israel going too far?

PSAKI: Well, Israel — I think we’ve long believed and still continue to believe that they will have the right to defend themselves. And when you have indiscriminate rocket attacks threatening your people; when you have terrorists coming into tunnels they have every right to do that.

But at the same time, we’ve been calling for a cease-fire, as has the U.N. This is what the secretary is focused on because the violence has reaped a point where it needs to pause, it needs to stop and we need to find a way to find a diplomatic solution.

HT: Right Scoop

Anti-Israel Scum Spray Paint Swastikas, Word “Hamas” On Two Miami Synagogues…

Via CBS Miami:

For the second time in as many days, messages of hate targeted members of South Florida’s Jewish community.

Early Monday morning, spray painted swastikas and the word “Hamas” were discovered on the pillars in front of the Congregation Torah Ve’emunah, at 1000 NE 175th Street, in northeast Miami-Dade.

“It was the worst thing that one wants to see on his own place of worship,” said a member of the temple.

A member of the community watch discovered the vandalism around 1 a.m.

“As I was rolling by I noticed some coloring on the wall,” said Yona Lunger. “I back up again, looked again and I said ‘wow, it’s a swastika’. It’s very disturbing, very disturbing.”

On Saturday, a family who lives along Meridian Avenue in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood of Miami Beach found their cars had been vandalized as they left to attend a service at their synagogue.

“They wrote “Hamas” on the back of the car window and they wrote “Jew,’” said Joshua, who didn’t want us to publish his last name.

The two vehicles were covered with eggs and smeared with cream cheese, but it’s the meaning behind the words that left many in the predominantly Jewish community concerned.

Hamas Chief: We Have No Current Plans To “Coexist” With Israel…

Shocker.

Via Business Insider:

Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of Hamas, said in a recent interview that he has no plans to “coexist” with Israel as it is structured right now.

“No. I do not want to live with a state of occupiers,” Mashaal said when directly asked if he wants to “coexist” with Israel or recognize the country “as a Jewish state.”

Mashaal made his remarks in an interview with PBS host Charlie Rose. The network provided reporters a partial transcript of the conversation, which is scheduled to air in full Monday night.

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Unions Pass Resolution Demanding Oakland Schools Teach Students Cop-Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal Was Like MLK…

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He only killed a cop, what’s the big deal?

OAKLAND, Calif. – A collection of labor unions is demanding that leaders of California’s Oakland Unified School District allow a lesson plan that compares convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to appear on the district’s website.

In a resolution passed on July 14, the Alameda Labor Council condemned Oakland Unified school leaders for censoring the pro-cop killer lesson plan, entitled “Urban Dreams,” and accused them of buckling to the intimidation tactics of the Fraternal Order of Police and Fox News.

The Alameda Labor Council – which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO – is an umbrella organization that coordinates the political activities of more than 100 unions, including the Berkley Federation of Teachers and the California School Employees Association. [...]

In its resolution, the Alameda Labor Council maintains that Abu-Jamal is innocent of killing Faulkner and defends the “Urban Dreams” curriculum as “invaluable” for teaching students to think critically about social justice.

Specifically, the “Urban Dreams” lessons ask students to “critically examine a possible parallel between Martin Luther King, Jr., and someone else many believe is currently targeted by the U.S. government, Mumia Abu-Jamal.”

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Pakistani Mob Kills Ahmadi Grandmother, Two Young Girls After Accusing Them of “Blasphemous” Facebook Post..

Religion of Peace™

(Reuters) – A Pakistani mob killed a woman member of a religious sect and two of her granddaughters after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police said Monday, the latest instance of growing violence against minorities.

The dead, including a seven-year-old girl and her baby sister, were Ahmadis, who consider themselves Muslim but believe in a prophet after Mohammed. A 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics.

Police said the late Sunday violence in the town of Gujranwala, 220 km (140 miles) southeast of the capital, Islamabad, started with an altercation between young men, one of whom was an Ahmadi accused of posting “objectionable material”.

“Later, a crowd of 150 people came to the police station demanding the registration of a blasphemy case against the accused,” said one police officer who declined to be identified.

“As police were negotiating with the crowd, another mob attacked and started burning the houses of Ahmadis.”

“The attackers were looting and plundering, taking away fans and whatever valuables they could get hold of and dragging furniture into the road and setting fire to it… Some were continuously firing into the air,” he said. “A lot of policemen arrived but they stayed on the sidelines and didn’t intervene,” he said.

Hamas Executes More Than 30 Alleged Israeli “Collaborators”…

Media’s reaction: Meh, we’re too busy demonizing Israel.

Via Times of Israel:

Hamas has executed more than 30 suspected collaborators in the Gaza Strip over the past few days, a Palestinian news agency reported on Monday.

Unnamed Palestinian security sources in Gaza told Palestine Press News Agency that Hamas has managed to apprehend dozens of suspected spies in the northern neighborhood of Shejaiya — which saw heavy fighting with the IDF last week — and summarily executed them following a short investigation. The sources said that many of the suspects were caught with weapons, telephones, and SIM cards from the Israeli cell provider Orange.

Hamas has undertaken numerous anti-collaboration campaigns in the Gaza Strip over the past years, offering amnesty to repentant Israeli spies. In May, the Hamas government executed two condemned collaborators for divulging information which Israel used to kill two Palestinians.

In November 2012, Hamas men on motorcycles were filmed dragging bodies of accused collaborators through the streets of Gaza.