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Hamas commander executed for gay sex

A Hamas commander who was executed in February was tortured and then killed after at least one terrorist under his command admitted to having sex with him.

Hamas sources gave few details of the reasons behind the execution at the time, with some saying the Al Qassam Brigades commander was accused of spying for Israel, while an official statement from the Brigades’ military and Islamic judicial committee said only that he was killed for “violating rules and ethics.”

According to a New York Times investigation Mahmoud Ishtiwi – who hailed from a prominent pro-Hamas family and was responsible was for a range of operations, including overseeing weapons smuggling through Hamas’s tunnel network – was initially called in for questioning by Hamas over suspicions he had siphoned off money meant for buying weapons.

When Ishtiwi surprised interrogators by immediately confessing to that crime, they suspected he was attempting to cover up something bigger, and took him in for further interrogation. Relatives and other sources say he was tortured extensively during that period, including beatings, whippings, being suspended by his hands from the ceiling for hours on end, sleep deprivation and more.

So bad were his conditions that family members protested outside the home of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, in a rare show of dissent in authoritarian-ruled Gaza. Demonstrators were beaten by Hamas police and dispersed.

According to the report – details of which were confirmed by a Hamas official close to the investigation itself – the investigation was eventually expanded to include terrorists under Ishtiwi’s command.

When one of them confessed to having had sex with his commander, investigators concluded that at least some of the money was used either as payment for the “favor”, or in order to keep him quiet. Apart from breaching Hamas’s Islamic “moral” code, the revelations had major security implications: if Israeli intelligence had found out about the potentially embarrassing incident involving such a prominent Hamas figure, they could have used it as leverage to force him to help them.

Specifically, Hamas officials suspected Ishtiwi may have helped the IDF locate elusive Al-Qassam chief Mohammed Deif during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Deif was reportedly injured in an Israeli airstrike, which killed his wife, but escaped alive.

Ishtiwi eventually confessed to all the charges against him – but relatives who saw him in the days before his execution say he appeared “destroyed”, and had secretly written the word “wronged” on his hand and leg, indicating that his confessions had been made under duress.

Shortly before he was killed, his sister said he told her he had never committed any of the acts he was accused of.

As a last resort, his mother sent a video message to Mohammed Deif himsef – who the family had sheltered on numerous occasions – begging for clemency.

Her pleas were ignored, and Ishtiwi was executed on February 7.

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Do gays getting caned in Indonesia suffer from Islamophobia?

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A province in Indonesia that follows sharia law has passed a law saying that homosexuals can be spanked with a cane 100 times.  One hundred times!  Even certain groups that enjoy bondage whipping, not to mention pony play in San Francisco might be turned off by that.

Gay sex between Muslim men or women, both locals and foreigners, can now be punished with 100 strokes of the cane.

The law, passed in 2014 but only now being enforced, has faced opposition by rights groups.

The strictly Muslim province has become increasingly conservative in recent years and is the only one in Indonesia allowed to implement Sharia law.

It’s all part of sharia law.

Indonesia’s secular central government granted Aceh the right to implement Islamic Shariah law in 2006 as part of a peace deal to end a separatist war. A religious police and court system have been established and the new law is a significant strengthening of Shariah in the region.

People convicted of gambling and consuming alcohol already face caning, as do women who wear tight clothes and people who skip Friday Muslim prayers.

So I am wondering: since we are told that anyone who has concerns about Islam is an Islamophobe, do you think those homosexuals who are getting caned in Indonesia are also Islamophobes?  If they realized that their bias against Islam was causing their discomfort, do you think they could view their caning as a more pleasurable experience, like these people?

And what about the Muslims who are doing the caning?  Aren’t they also suffering from homophobia?  Do you think gays and Muslims could band together to form a support group to fight all forms of homophobia and Islamophobia – and, where there is overlap, Islamic homophobia? Perhaps this support group could be led by gay, lesbian, and gender-fluid imams.  Perhaps Muslims could be convinced to teach children in madrassas that two-daddy households are A-OK, and sometimes a daddy has a big beard, and sometimes daddy dresses in a burka, and that’s OK, too.  And perhaps gays can learn that a little spanking and whipping is part of what it means to be a gay Muslim, and they should view it less like a punishment and more like a lifestyle choice in San Francisco’s Castro district.

How do you think these two groups coming together would play out?

This article was written by Ed Straker, senior writer of NewsMachete.com, the conservative news site.

ISIS throw man off a building for homosexual affair, beat him to death when survives

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Heather Saul

ISIS allegedly threw a man charged with having an affair with another man off the top of a building and then beat him to death when he survived the fall, a human rights watchdog has claimed.

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) quoted a source as saying the man was killed in the Tal Abyad town in Raqqa, an Isis stronghold. The Observatory obtains its information from a network of activists on the ground.

The man’s reported death follows a spate of executions within a 24-hour period earlier this month, which included two men accused of homosexual acts reportedly being thrown off a building. A series of photos were released via the “Information Office of the mandate of Nineveh” claiming to show militants administering ‘hudud’ (fixed punishments).

The images appeared to show the men at the top of a large tower overlooking Ninevah, a city in Iraq. One image showed a man falling towards the ground, where a large crowd appears to be controlled by a line of militants.

Isis images appear to show the execution of two men accused of being gay Isis images appear to show the execution of two men accused of being gay In December, Isis released a copy of their penal code, which listed so-called ‘crimes’ punishable by amputation, stoning and crucifixion. Some of the crimes included homosexuality and ‘spying for the unbelievers’, both of which were deemed punishable by death.

The Observatory reports the extremist group has executed 35 people in January alone in Syria, including 22 civilians.

On Friday, the Observatory said militants attempted to stone a woman to death in Raqqa on charges of adultery – but she apparently survived.

Sources said militants stoned her in al- Ferdos Street until they believed her to be dead, but the woman had actually survived and escaped the militants. One militant tried to shoot her but an Isis-appointed Sharia judge intervened, saying her “her sentence is done – let her go and repent to her God”, according to the SOHR.The reported killing comes after Human Rights Watch lambasted the group in its annual report but also criticized the “sectarian and abusive” policies of the Syrian and Iraqi governments, saying they fuel extremism.