Spying for Israel is perhaps the most shameful act of treason a Palestinian can commit. And yet a network of hundreds of Israeli “collaborators” within the Gaza Strip forms the backbone of Israel’s security operation in its most hostile and troublesome neighbor.
After the assassination of a top Hamas official by suspected Israeli collaborators last Saturday, Hamas’ long and intense operation to root out these informers has been further escalated. What causes Palestinians in Gaza to commit this treachery? For a few, it’s ideological. But for many, Israel’s blockade of Gaza has left them with little choice: betray your nation and risk execution by Hamas, or face some unendurable loss or humiliation at the hands of Israeli security forces.
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