LONDON (Nov. 22)
Palestinian leaders have “endorsed or failed to condemn” the killings of Palestinian Arabs by fellow-Arabs in the Israel-administered territories, Amnesty International charged Tuesday.
The private, London-based international human rights agency said that “more than 120 Palestinians have reportedly been killed by other Palestinians between December 1987 and October 1989″ for allegedly collaborating with the Israeli authorities.
The dates coincide with the Palestinian uprising in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Amnesty International charged further that some of the victims seem to have been “interrogated and tortured.”
It said the killings were “carried out mostly by special squads of Palestinians intending to punish people considered to be collaborating with the Israeli authorities.”
The statement added: “Palestinian leaders are reported to have called for restraint and for warning procedures to be adopted first, but nevertheless to have endorsed or failed to condemn the killing of collaborators.”