Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel, murder, and drug trafficking are all punishable by death.
All executions must be approved by the Palestinian president, but Hamas no longer recognises the legitimacy of Mahmoud Abbas, whose four-year term ended in 2009.Obviously, the PCHR is on the Fatah side of the equation.
An interior ministry statement said: "The sentence was carried out after all appeals were exhausted. The execution came after the government approved the decision to implement the penalty imposed on agents who collaborate with the Israeli occupation."
The executed men were not named.
The Reuters agency reported that they were father and son. The agency quoted Hamas officials as saying that they had confessed to providing Israeli forces with intelligence that helped them track down Palestinians including a Hamas leader, Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi, who was killed in 2004 by an Israeli air strike on his car.
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemned the executions, saying there was no legal justification for the failure to seek Mr Abbas's ratification of the sentences.
Update: Calling it "human rights" is ever so much nicer than calling it jihad, don't you think? The PCHR certainly does, and more or less says so here:
A central principle of PCHR's work is that a just, lasting, and comprehensive peace in the region, as well as the healthy development of Palestinian society, must be built on a foundation of respect for human rights and democratic principles.
According to these agreements, Israel redeployed its forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, yet Israeli settlements and military installations maintained thpresence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). The major legal aspects of the Israeli occupation remained in place: Israeli military orders controlling the Palestinian people and their land remained valid under these agreements. The Israeli military court continued to function throughout the Oslo period, and hundreds of Palestinian prisoners arrested long before the current Intifada languish in Israeli prisons to this day.
Moreover, the Oslo accords failed to address the essential elements of the Palestinian question -- the right to self-determination, the right to an independent Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem, the right of return for Palestinian refugees and the removal of Israeli settlements from the OPT. In light of this wide-ranging disregard for the human rights of the Palestinian people, the Centre resolved to continue its work to protect human rights from ongoing violations by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF).
The challenges and opportunities presented by the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) led to the Centre playing a vital and active role in promoting the development of democratic institutions, an active civil society, and a just legal system in Palestine. PCHR has and will continue to monitor the PNA's adherence to international human rights standards and democratic practices...To translate from the "humanrightsish" (a language all its own): "a just legal system in Palestine"=sharia; "international human rights standards and democratic practices"=those exemplified by the UN's ridiculous, Israel baiting/hating "human rights" council.