Palestinian arrested in Gaza for “collaborating” with Israel
Prisoners sit in a Hamas-run prison in Gaza City, October 2, 2012. (AFP/File)
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A military court in the Gaza Strip on Monday sentenced a Palestinian man to 15 years in prison for alleged collaboration with Israel.
The man, identified only as 'J. Gh,' was detained several years ago for allegedly providing Israel with information on locations of Palestinians working with Hamas.
In August last year, 18 suspected collaborators were killed by Hamas when the group announced a crackdown on Palestinians alleged to be working with Israel.
Seven of the men were shot dead outside of a mosque while wearing black bags on their heads.
Information passed to Israel's security services by Palestinian collaborators is often used to make arrests and assassinate high-profile political and militant figures.
Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel is punishable by death.
However all execution orders must be approved by the president before they can be carried out. Hamas no longer recognizes the legitimacy of incumbent Mahmoud Abbas, whose four-year term ended in 2009.
UN rights chief Navi Pillay last year described the judicial process for death sentences in Gaza as "deeply flawed."
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