Motorcycle lore is full of tales of hard men and harder actions. Crime, violence, murder. Hell, the entire image cultivated by most bikers is one of danger. But right now, as the entire world watches, motorcycles are actually being used as instruments of terror and the scene doesn’t exactly resemble something out of “Sons of Anarchy.” Gangs of motorcycle riders in Palestine are using bikes to drag the bodies of alleged informants through the streets of Gaza City after publicly executing them.
If this were a western action movie, the guys on the bikes would likely be Danny Trejo and Ron Perlman, the bikes would be Harleys and the people being dragged would soon be avenged by some square-jawed hero. I use this not to make light of the situation in Palestine, but instead to illustrate the disparity between image and reality. There’s places in the world where people actually use bikes to do bad things and those people and those things don’t necessarily look like what we expect them to. The idea of dragging bad guys through the streets behind motorcycles is also likely one disseminated or seeded by western media.
Reuters reports that six men were executed in this fashion today after being accused of serving as Israeli spies and providing information that allowed more precise targeting of aerial strikes within Gaza.
A Hamas security official was quoted stating the men had been “caught redhanded” using “high tech equipment to take footage of positions.”
The demonstration of violence by Hamas comes as Israel warns Palestinian civilians to evacuate ahead of a potential ground invasion. Leaflets dropped in the city include a map of areas under threat and read, “The Israel Defence Forces are not targeting any of you and they do not want to harm you or your families. For your safety, you are required to evacuate your residences immediately and move towards central Gaza city.”