On the X platform (formerly Twitter), a few days ago, a question was posed: “What do you think of a person who forced a Palestinian to bury his brother alive?”
The question was in reference to a situation involving Yahya Sinwar, the head of the political bureau of the "Hamas Movement” in the occupied territories. Sinwar, who is dubbed by his supporters as “the hunter of collaborators,” is known for his security obsession. Mere suspicion of someone [a Palestinian collaborating with Israel] was enough for Sinwar to try and execute them on the spot.
Comments poured in from various Arab countries – Palestinians, Egyptians, Jordanians, Syrians, and Lebanese –, the vast majority praising what the “hero” Yahya Sinwar had done, expressing a wish that every country had a Sinwar like Palestine's Sinwar.
Sinwar, who once boasted that he killed a suspected collaborator with his bare hands by strangling him with his keffiyeh [traditional headdress], spent 23 years in Israeli prisons. He mastered the Hebrew language and was released in a prisoner exchange deal between Hamas and Israel in 2006.
After the movement captured the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Israel waged a war on the Gaza Strip. Failing to free Shalit, Israel entered into negotiations with Hamas that lasted for five years. Hamas ended up releasing Shalit in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners, one of whom was Yahya Sinwar.