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Hamas commander accused of gay sex is executed

Hamas commander accused of gay sex is executed

Mahmud Ishtawi was suspected of collaborating with Israel.

A Hamas commander has reportedly been executed in Palestine for gay sex.

Mahmud Ishtiwi, 34, was shot three times in the chest by his former comrades last month after he was suspected of collaborating with Israel.

But The New York Times now reports that he was also accused of moral turpitude – a Hamas byword for homosexuality – and had the word ‘zulum’ – wronged – carved into his leg with a nail.

During the 2014 war with Israel, Ishtiwi was responsible for 1,000 fighters and a network of attack tunnels.

However, five months later in January 2015, Ishtiwi was interrogated by Qassam intelligence officials, who suspected he had diverted money allocated to his unit for weapons.

Ishtiwi admitted that he had kept some of the money, and thus ‘began the telenovela of torture.’

Ishtiwi’s quick confession aroused suspicion that he was hiding something bigger and a dragnet investigation began.

Qassam officials found a man who claimed he had had sex with Ishtiwi and provided dates and locations. They concluded that the missing money had been used either to pay for sex or to keep the man quiet.

Rumors then started to swirl that Israeli intelligence officials knew Ishtiwi was gay. And it was he who had given the coordinates for an assassination attempt on Qassam commander-in-chief Mohammed Deif, which killed one of his wives and their infant.

Ishtiwi is survived by two wives and three children.