Abbas has ended a three-year moratorium on capital punishment in the Territories. I submit an excerpt from this story without further comment:
Four men who had confessed to murders in a Gaza court were killed on Sunday - three by hanging, one by firing squad.
"These individuals killed innocent human beings and by executing them we applied our law," Palestinian Attorney General Hussain Abu Aasi told the AFP news agency.
"Even the most democratic state in the world, America, invokes this kind of punishment," he said.