Web of betrayal, blackmail and sex that killed two lovers who turned informerThey "faced the justice of the street" indeed!
Palestinian confesses on video to helping Israel before he and lover are shot
Chris McGreal in Balata
Saturday June 3, 2006
Behind the cracking voice and occasional gasps for air, Jefal Ayesh knows he is a dead man as he describes how his betrayal began. His eyes dart about constantly; his face flinches. At times he is close to breaking down.
Blackmailed into a web of treason woven from their own deceit and sexual transgressions, Jefal and his lover faced the justice of the street this week when the 25-year-old Palestinian father was dragged blindfolded into the heart of Balata refugee camp in the West Bank and shot as the worst kind of traitor - a collaborator with Israel. At the execution the mother of one of those he betrayed handed out sweets.
An hour or so later Jefal's mistress, Wedad Mustafa, a 27-year-old mother of four young children, was hauled from her home by her brothers and killed before a crowd in an act designed to restore the family's honour.
Public killings of collaborators are not uncommon in the occupied territories. But behind the deaths of Jefal and Wedad lies a tale of both Israeli blackmail, in an operation to stalk one of the most wanted men in Balata, and of two lovers seeking to get rid of an unwanted husband.
On Tuesday Jefal was dragged blindfolded into Balata's main street and thrown to the ground while his captors told the crowd of his confession. When Jefal tried to get away several men fired shots into him. Some in the crowd ran to kick his body.
Attention turned to Wedad. The Aqsa brigades' leaders say they did not kill her, and that it was a matter of family honour. Within an hour of Jefal's death armed men had told the family of her involvement.
Wedad was dragged into the street by her family and was about to be shot when a man pleaded that she not be killed in front of children. Witnesses said she remained silent - seemingly resigned to her fate after being told of the death of her lover - as she was hauled into the grounds of one of the West Bank's largest hospitals. There, an armed man called for Wedad's brothers to come forward.
"You know what you need to do," he said.
Israel built 6 universities and 20 community colleges for the Palestinians, illiteracy dropped from 50% to 30% between 1967 and 1980. Whether that was a wise thing to do ought to be judged by the further development, when EU funds for education were by-passed to buy weapons or to pay for fat Suha piggin' it at the Ritz.
Which is, after all, only a higher form of "street justice".
Hat tip: Honestly Concerned!