Monday, February 13, 2017

Gaza: Hamas elect Yehiya Sinwar as new thug in chief

(Gaza City) The so called democratically elected government of the peaceful state of Gaza have decided to elect a new leader in which to replace Ismail Haniyeh who became top dog after his minions took over the tiny state in 2007 by killing as many PA supporter as possible.

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With  Haniyeh expected to take over as Hamas' supreme leader, (replacing Khaled Mashaal, who lives in exile.) Hamas has picked Yehiya Sinwar in which to replace Haniyeah.
Yehiya Sinwar
Sinwar, who is in his mid-50s, grew up in Khan Yunis, He started out as one of a hard core of Muslim Brotherhood activists that formed Hamas. He helped set up an early prototype of Hamas’s military wing known as the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades. He later set up Hamas’s security branch, his job included punishing “morality” offenders and killing Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel. By early 1988 he was under arrest and was sentenced to four life terms in Israeli prison for attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm through sabotage. The murders of two Israeli soldiers and the murders of a large number of Palestinians who were accused of collaborating with the jew. During his final years in prison, he became the leader of the hundreds of Hamas prisoners held by Israel.

Sinwar, along with about 1,000 other prisoners, was released in 2011  in exchange for Gilad Schalit, an Israeli soldier who had been captured by Hamas five years earlier in a cross-border raid. Sinwar, who rejects any reconciliation with Israel, has quickly regained his position within Hamas since his release. He is believed to have been behind the detention, torture and killing of a Hamas commander, Mahmoud Ishtiwi, who was initially held for embezzlement in 2015. Months later he was killed, accused of committing “moral crimes” – suspicions of gay sex —

Yehiya Sinwar's election is seen as a sign of the growing power of Hamas' armed wing, which exists alongside the political side of the movement in Gaza. Israeli officials said Sinwar's appointment did not change anything other than trading "one extremist with another".