Palestinian man condemned to death for fighting terror

Thursday, November 13, 2008 |  Israel Today Staff

An Arab man has been sentenced to death by a Palestinian Authority court for aiding Israeli security forces in their battle against terrorists who have for decades scuttled all prospects of peace.

The 24-year-old condemned man was originally recruited by Israeli security when he was a teenager working at a gas station. He was tasked with helping identify Arab assailants who were frequently stoning Jewish motorists in the Hebron area.

A few years later the young man joined the Palestinian Authority security forces, and from there helped the Israelis identify and find two wanted terrorists, who were subsequently eliminated.

Like dozens of others over the past decade, the man was sentenced under a 1979 law that makes cooperation with Israeli security forces a crime punishable by death. The Palestinian Authority continues to enforce that law despite having signed a peace agreement with Israel that obligates it to cooperate with the Israelis in combatting Palestinian terrorism.

The death sentence will not be carried out before receiving the approval of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

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