Mahmud Eshtawi, executed Hamas commander, may have collaborated with Israel in exchange for keeping his homosexuality secret

NEW YORK TIMES
Hamas Commander, Accused of Theft and Gay Sex, Is Killed by His Own
by Diaa Hadid and Majd al Waheidi
March 1, 2016

The death of Mahmoud Ishtiwi had all the trappings of a telenovela: sex, torture and embezzlement in Gaza’s most venerated and secretive institution, the armed wing of Hamas. Mr. Ishtiwi, 34, was a commander from a storied family of Hamas loyalists who, during the 2014 war with Israel, was responsible for 1,000 fighters and a network of attack tunnels. Last month, his former comrades executed him with three bullets to the chest. Adding a layer of scandal to the story, he was accused of moral turpitude, by which Hamas meant homosexuality. And there were whispers that he had carved the word “zulum” — wronged — into his body in a desperate kind of last testament. READ MORE

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