I'm writing this as an answer because it is too much to fit in a comment. I realize that an answer has been accepted, and am not trying to contradict it. The U.S. government has designated Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement) as a foreign terrorist organization since 1997, see the Director of National Intelligence website. This applies to the greater Hamas governing authority as well as the Izz-Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades.
The Investment Office also covertly held assets in Algeria-based Sidar
Company and UAE-based Itqan Real Estate JSC, both of which appeared to
operate as legitimate businesses, but in practice, were controlled by
Hamas and transferred money to the group. A significant portion of
funds transferred by these companies to Hamas were allocated to the
group’s military arm, the Izz-Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades.
Hamas's Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades even has its own virtual currency exchange in Gaza that provides money transfer services and Bitcoin. So it isn't difficult at all for them to get money. They recently received $500 million. Getting to the point now:
- Hamas is Islamist and governs Gaza; their military is Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades.
- Fatah is secular nationalist and governs the West Bank; their military is the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.
Both brigades are designated as terrorists by the U.S. government and do terrorist things. Al Aqsa has been designated as terrorist since 2002 per US government website, along with splinter groups which are also designated terrorist groups, to whom any of the terrorists associated with the news article in question could have belonged, thus were terrorists:
- Palestine Liberation Front
- Palestinian Islamic Jihad
- Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
- Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command
- Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades-Nidal al-Amoudi Division
- Popular Resistance Committees.
Do note that Fatah is not designated as a terrorist group by the U.S. although it once was. Fatah is a reverse Arabic acronym for Palestine Liberation Movement.
Note that the referenced Voice of America article here Palestinian Militants Kill 2 Alleged Informers for Israel was written by the Associated Press (AP) wire service! Look at the upper left of the page. It indicates that. I read the same article in Al Jazeera yesterday. Here is the AP article, Palestinian militants kill 2 alleged informers for Israel and mob drags bodies through alleys. So, the AP didn't choose to use the U.S. government's designation of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade as terrorists. The AP is generally sympathetic to Palestinians... Or they behave like they are sympathetic, in order to get the most up to date access to breaking news stories.
Voice of America is DEFINITELY supposed to represent groups as terrorists if so designated by the U.S. government! They went quasi-rogue when former President Trump was elected. Their reporters said horrible things about Trump on Twitter and in VOA articles for all four years he was in office, which is NOT what U.S. state media should do! The Voice of America's coverage is sufficiently lax that they didn't check the AP's article before publishing it on their website.
Voice of America has been having some serious issues, so that might be another explanation for the seeming anomaly.
On 8 February 2023, the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman sent a letter to U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) CEO in response to recent censorship at VOA that calls into question its journalistic standards. VOA was found to have censored criticism of itself and USAGM:
This action points towards an agency openly violating its statutory
requirements of editorial independence, integrity, and objectivity.
Congress needs answers about the continuing self-interested
A few months later, an inquiry by the House Committee on Appropriations about the VOA leadership failures from 2014 through the present. The concern is bipartisan now:
Never in VOA's history have there been so many doubts about the agency
leadership's competence and effectiveness as in recent months and
years, including the dangerous and embarrassing failure to evacuate
USAGM staff from Afghanistan before the takeover by the Taliban. The
latest incident of executive dysfunction, reported first by an
English-language newspaper in Kyiv, Ukraine, and picked up by the
Washington Post, stems from serious concerns that USAGM's senior
leaders allowed the VOA Russian Service to hire former President
Vladimir Putin's state media employees without proper vetting of their
previous work in Russia.
Yes, I realize that VOA is putatively independent, but VOA and Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe (RFERL) are de facto U.S. state media. We have no other.