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One year on, killed Palestinian activist’s family demands justice | Features News

One year on, killed Palestinian activist’s family demands justice | Features News

Ramallah, Occupied West Bank – On June 24, 2021, more than a dozen Palestinian Authority (PA) security personnel severely beat political activist Nizar Banat in an overnight raid on his uncle’s home in Hebron, in the southern Israeli-occupied West Bank.

He was dead within an hour, an autopsy showed.

Banat, who was 43 when he was killed, was a fierce and outspoken critic of the PA, which governs limited areas of the occupied West Bank.

He had a large local following on social media, where he posted videos of himself criticising the PA, including over its controversial policy of security coordination with Israel.

He was also in the running for legislative elections, which were scheduled for May 2021 before they were cancelled.

Banat’s killing led to local outrage and global condemnation.

But a year on, the Banat family say they have yet to see real justice.

Most recently, the family have said they will not attend hearings in an ongoing PA military trial for 14 low-ranking officers accused of beating Banat to death, saying the focus on the officers detracted from the guilt of higher-ranking officers who they believe gave the orders.

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“Our demands to achieve justice for Nizar [can only occur] by conducting a transparent trial that includes all of those who took part in this,” Banat’s brother, Ghassan, told Al Jazeera. “The officers were merely tools – where are the heads of the security services?”

“The PA says the killing was a mistake – which I’m willing to accept – [but] please go ahead and hold accountable all those who implemented this, on every level,” he added.

A day after the killing, PA official Hussein al-Sheikh apologised on behalf of President Mahmoud Abbas and said whatever happened was “a mistake”.

“A mistake like this can…

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