Seven years ago, in summer 2014, I was sitting in Al-Katiba jail in Gaza with more then twenty cellmates. Our big prison room was on the second floor of the building. As I was told by fellow prisoner Samer, at the third floor there were incarcerated Israeli informers, considered the “most serious law offenders,” according to Hamas.
In August 2014, many informers were executed in the Al-Katiba yard. In the same yard, I was passing by, when I was released from that prison. Amnesty International protested.
Oh, poor Gazans, clandestine informers of Israel! You got the sad part of the deal. You may covertly earn some cash, but you may also die by shooting or hanging if you are exposed. If you are lucky, you may escape to Israel, most often by rushing towards the no-go zone, to the border fence where Israeli soldiers will meet you.
Everybody understands that Israel needs valuable military intelligence. Where are weapon caches, where are tunnels located, where are certain high-ranking terrorists living, where are long-range rockets stored. This valuable info can be obtained from motivated individuals in Gaza. See this article for more enlightenment.
I dare to write here openly: could Israel provide interested informers also with weapons and military training so they can resist Hamas forces if they come to arrest them? Certainly, it is worth being equipped with M16 and a few grenades, euphemistically speaking, to slow down Hamas operatives when escaping to Israel. Last, not least – such armed informers could form anti-Hamas forces.
Likewise, Israel should allow more Christian Zionists to enter Gaza, based on humanitarian premises. They could bring some valuable info as well. Myself, I was denied entry to Gaza in 2014, and the rest of the story is known…