CBNNews.com - A New York-based human rights group, which opposes the death penalty, complained that Palestinians issued 11 death sentences in 2008 to residents accused of "collaborating" with Israel.
According to Joe Stork of the Human Rights Watch, this was the first time since 2005 that Palestinian courts issued death sentences.
In fact, in Palestinian Authority (PA) cities in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) and in the Gaza Strip, controlled by Hamas, residents arrested for "collaborating" with Israel are almost always given the death penalty.
In June 2007, a Hamas military court sentenced a 35-year-old Gazzan to death for allegedly aiding Israeli security forces.
The week before, a PA court in Jenin sentenced two men, aged 27 and 22, to death by firing squad for the same "crime," collaborating with Israel.
PA law requires presidential approval to carry out a court-issued execution, which PA President Mahmoud Abbas has yet to issue officially, though the fate of the 11 men convicted in 2008 remains unknown.
The Associated Press contributed to this news brief.