Widow: Husband was no collaborator
The widow of a man who was dragged through the streets of Gaza City last week for 'collaborating' with Israel says that her husband was not a 'collaborator' and that he hated Israel more than he hated Hamas
Actually, Badawi, 37, had spent the last four years in a Hamas prison
under armed guard. He was tortured for seven months into confessing that
he was working for Israel.
“They burned (him) and broke his jaw
and teeth,” said his widow, Kholoud Badawi. “He was hanged for 45 days
by his arms and legs to make him confess. He confessed because of the
“He told me every detail of what had happened to him and he gave me a diary he was writing,” she added.
Badawi was no innocent, having belonged to the Jaljalat Brigades, an
Islamic group that wanted the Palestinians ruled by strict religious
But he was sentenced to death in a show trial. His family
appealed and asked that the sentence be reduced to 10 years in prison,
and the court was due to rule the day he was executed.
“We hoped they would accept our appeal because they had no evidence — just his supposed confession,” she said.
Kholoud and her five young children accepted the condolences of
neighbors and friends in their tiny home in the poverty-stricken Sheikh
Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City, friends and neighbors said Badawi was a
kind, helpful man who made a living as a herbalist.
Badawi’s father, Ahmed, said his son hated the Israelis more than Hamas.
son could never have been an informer,” he said. “They say he got money
from the Israelis. Look at his house. This is the house of a poor man.
He helped everyone. Everybody liked him. I bless him.”
But just give them a 'state' and they'll stop behaving like this.... /sarc
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