QABATIYA, West Bank – Cheered on by a crowd, Palestinian gunmen Friday killed a man for allegedly collaborating with Israel and allegedly sexually abusing his two young daughters.
Mohammed Rafiq Abdel Razek, 42, was gunned down in a public square in the West Bank village of Qabatiya by militants from the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades (search), a violent group loosely affiliated with Yasser Arafat's Fatah (search) movement.
Jamal Abu al Rob, a local Al Aqsa leader, said Abdel Razek had been abducted by the group from a nearby hospital.
During an interrogation, he admitted spying for Israel since 1989 and trying to recruit a Jordanian officer to do the same, al Rob said. He also admitted to abusing his daughters, now 13 and 16, over many years, al Rob said.
It was not clear when Abdel Razek had been abducted, but relatives said he had been hospitalized since last month after a relative stabbed him over the alleged abuse.
Abdel Razek was paraded into a public square early Friday. The militants announced the charges against him and asked the crowd of some 500 people what they should do.
"Kill him immediately!" the crowd chanted.
The militants then riddled his body with automatic gunfire.
"I feel honor for me and my people," al Rob said. "People like this belong below the ground, not above it."
In the nearby village of Tubas, Abdel Razek's relatives said the charges against him were true. The family refused to pick up the body at the hospital, a sign of contempt in Palestinian society.
Palestinian officials say Israel's control of the West Bank limits their ability to maintain law and order, and armed militants are given free rein in many areas.
Israeli intelligence makes frequent use of Palestinian informants to target wanted Palestinians. Dozens of suspected collaborators have been killed by fellow Palestinians during nearly four years of violence with Israel.