The “Collaborators” Hamas Executed Were Actually Al Qaeda Rivals

Hamas’ brutal execution of a number of men who it claimed were Israeli collaborators led to a lot of headlines complete with photos of bodies being dragged around behind motorcycles. But in the Muslim world, it’s important to understand context, not just content, and everyone lies all the time.

Collaborators are often executed in the West Bank and Gaza, however these people are rarely agents of Israel. Israeli intelligence is pretty good and not that easy to penetrate. Israel doesn’t rely as much on local informants anymore and more on intercepted communications.

So who are the collaborators that are executed?

Usually they are

1. Owners of land or businesses that Hamas or Fatah militia heads are looking to seize

2. Political or family rivals being put down

Collaboration is a meaningless accusation. Hamas and Fatah accuse each other of collaboration a few times a year. And in this case, it appears that Hamas was using the war as a pretext to put down some of its Islamist rivals.

His family, neighbours and friends believe the notion that he spied for Israel is absurd – and there is much that supports their view, not least that as a prisoner Badawi was under armed guard during last week’s conflict.

Badawi was a member of the Islamist group Jaljalat – Thunder – which takes its inspiration from Al Qaeda and is more hardline than Hamas.

He had been in prison since 2009 when he was arrested on terrorism charges. It was alleged he was one of several fighters planning to launch attacks on Hamas.

Hamas is not ideologically opposed to Al Qaeda, not so much as its apologists would have you think, but these are basic political rivalries. Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood. Al Qaeda is the Muslim Brotherhood without the political angle or any willingness to do mitigate a Salafist program in the least. Both have the same agenda, but different tactics, and Al Qaeda appeals to a different kind of crowd.
On the ground floor in Gaza, it’s gangland politics. It’s about militias controlling territories and then calling themselves a government.

Badawi belonged to a rival militia. And his Islamic credentials were better than Hamas’. Calling him a collaborator and killing him was Hamas’ way of dealing with a threat.

But don’t get too wrapped up in the religious or political aspects of it. Islamism is just another vehicle for tribal power and family honor.

The dead man’s family insists his execution had nothing to do with espionage but was rooted instead in political and tribal rivalry. ‘His enemies used the war as an excuse to kill him,’ said his widow, who alleges the man who arrested her husband had once been involved in a dispute with him.

This is also a typical aspect of local politics. In the end it all comes down to family and business. Not honor or even Islam.

  • BLJ

    Animals killing other animals.

    • AdinaK

      Westerners still can't wrap their minds around a basic concept. Islamists are constantly warring via inter-tribal warfare, all in order to gain hegemony within territory. Think of the most vicious gangs – MS 16/Crips/Bloods – and then amp them up on steroids. This is what Muslim/Arab internal warfare is like.
      Nevertheless, they always come together when it comes to killing Jews, as well as western infidels. There is no escaping this fact.
      So, trying to parse this group from that group is a fool's errand. Save your energy –

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel –

  • marios

    where is liberals and all Human rights defenders? They don't care because it is not about Israel " human rights violation" but Muslims violation and it is too risky even mention about it. Islamists can do the same with them as they did with that salafit Muslim. liberals and alike are Islamo-nazists collaborators.

    • Mary Sue

      The liberals are too busy swallowing hook line and sinker the line about how horrible Israel supposedly is, and turning a blind eye for fear of being politically incorrect, or they truly are ignorant about this because they have their heads in the sand.

    • malicious12

      Hard to compare random gangs actions even if were politically or religiously motivated, to actions taken by a country. Where would human rights be to the Mexican drug cartel actions, for instance?. I take interest on your comments because you always bring Liberals and Islamo-Nazists together. I don't know what planet you live in, but looks like they are not intellectually inclined overthere. As far as your comments about "salafits" I assume you mean Salafists, I can't make up what are you trying to say

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Hard to compare random gangs actions even if were politically or religiously motivated, to actions taken by a country."

        Exactly. Criminals have no moral equivalence with any sovereign nation that has law and order, full due process and human rights for all citizens. The criminals are in this case only unified by sharia and their sovereignty comes from an illegitimate religion fused with a nonsensical totalitarian political system.

        "Where would human rights be to the Mexican drug cartel actions"

        So right. The only thing that makes Hamas et al worse than the drug cartels is when they claim to be empowered by god to do these insane, even demonic crimes. That is however a significant distinction, but I still agree with your main point.

      • Deep_Space

        And I can't even understand what you are trying to say but once you got to the "what planet you live in" part I turned the dial off.

  • Edgar Davidson

    Ah, but according to the mass circulation London Evening Standard and 'investigation' by Nabila Ramdani revealed that "The real story behind this brutal picture" was that "Expecting Hamas to respond to Israeli expansion and aggression with anything but ruthlessness is ridiculous." And what kind of in-depth 'investigation' did Nabila Ramdani conduct to discover this 'truth'? She relied on somebody called Eman Shakir, a 24-year-old law student who grew up in Gaza City but who actually lives now in Paris. Quoting Shakir, Ramdani confirms:

    "You only have to look at the pictures taken this week of young children lying on slabs in makeshift morgues to realise what Hamas is responding to. As Israel carries on with its killing, and continues to ignore demands for a proper Palestinian homeland, people have no option but to turn to Hamas.”


  • Ar'nun

    Just goes to show you, if Jews were to all leave the Middle East and start a country elsewhere, the Middle East would still be a hellhole with death and fighting all the time. If they aren't killing someone for being a Jew, it's because they are a Sunni, or Shiite, or Pashwan, or Persian, or Arab, or Salafist. The Moslems just like to kill, murder and wage war, the rest is just filler.

  • Arlie

    It is apparent that the muslims possess every vice/trick and deception known to man. And that they must be praying to satan. There is no other reasonable answer as to why they are this evil. they are bitter and quarrelsome, lustful and envious. They show anger, rage, malice, slander and evil proceeds from their mouths. Their intentions and motivations for themselves is pure idolatry. So let them all kill each other and the blame should remain where it is; with their own evil, godless, savagery.

  • Mary Sue

    Those idiots. Up is down, left is right, and birds fly north for the winter if you listen to them. Everything is bassackwards in their narrative.

  • hughglass

    It's hard to decide who is more fun to watch these days. Murderous Mid East Muslims or nonassimilated American urban blacks ("Bama be buyin me a FOE!") They're both a riot and equally dangerous to America.

  • jakespoon

    We can always hope they kill off one another. Keep it up ya'll.

  • @Kenrick66

    Badawi made his bed with other killers, and he reaped his just reward. Shades of the Capone-Siegel gang rivalry in Chicago.

  • tanstaafl

    "Never let a crisis go to waste."

  • kafir4life

    Huge giggle-snort here!!! Anytime I hear of muslims killing muslims, it brings a smile to my face!! Be it the "honor killing" (this is a good one, as it ends with a bomb factory being shut down for good (and I mean for "good"), or a good old fashioned wrong "style" of muslim, or "not quite muslim enough". I have a proposal for the muslim world that's a win-win for all. As muslims claim to love death more than we love life, if each and every muslim would kill at least one other muslim (select your own reason) each day, within one month a planetary problem would be nearly solved!! Can I get an OH YEAH (koolaid man style) from the muslims out there??

    allahu snackbar!!