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PA Authority Security Forces kills a Palestinian activist and political critic

An outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority (PA) who intended to run in parliamentary elections before they were canceled earlier this year killed during his arrest in Hebron by PA forces Thursday morning.

Nizar Banat, 44, was a harsh critic of the Palestinian Authority, which governs parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and called on Western nations to cut off aid to it because of its growing authoritarianism and human rights violations.

In a brief statement, the Hebron governorate said Banat’s “health deteriorated” when Palestinian forces went to arrest him early on Thursday and that he was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The specific circumstances of his death remain unclear. According to his family, Banat was in bed when some two dozen PA officers broke into his home and started beating him. He was dragged away screaming, local media quoted them as saying.

In early May, gunmen fired bullets, stun grenades and tear gas at his home, where his wife was inside with their children.

He blamed the attack on President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, which dominates the security forces, saying only they would have access to tear gas and stun grenades.

“The Europeans need to know that they are indirectly funding this organisation,” Banat told The Associated Press in May in an interview at a home where he was hiding out.

“They fire their guns into the air at Fatah celebrations, they fire their guns in the air when Fatah leaders fight each other, and they fire their guns at people who oppose Fatah.”

Palestinian, International, and Arab calls to hold the assassination’s committers accountable and serve justice to the Palestinian example whose blood was killed cold.