On 29 January, in a previous blog post on Gaza, I wrote: “Reuters UK today published an interesting online report, ‘Hamas accused of torture death of Gaza critic’. ” I went on to note that the article made three points: “1) The main story is that a Palestinian man accused Hamas militants of ‘torturing and killing his brother for publicly criticising them.’ The dead man, ‘a teacher, was a supporter of the Fatah movement…’ 2) According to the report, ‘About 1,300 Palestinians were killed, according to a Gaza human rights group, of whom over 700 were civilians.’ This is one of the first non-Israeli sources I have seen referring tonon-civilian casualties in such numbers. 3) ‘The Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Thursday that Hamas “executed several dozen civilians” during and after Israel’s assault on Gaza. Some were members of Fatah, but others were not politically affiliated.’
Today (February 13), more than two weeks later, The Guardian’s website breaks the following story—”Hamas murder campaign in Gaza exposed,” with the subhead: “Islamist regime has killed dozens and tortured others as ‘collaborators’ with Israel in war’s aftermath, Amnesty and Guardian sources say. New evidence has emerged revealing the extent of the crackdown by Hamas during and after Israel’s war in Gaza last month. Amnesty International said Hamas forces and militias were involved in a “campaign of abductions, deliberate and unlawful killings, torture and death threats against those they accuse of ‘collaborating’ with Israel, as well as opponents and critics.”
Could these stories possibly be related? Strange that The Guardian should be quite so late with this story and not mention Reuters, who were running what appears to be the same piece at least a fortnight previously.