On Thursday, international institutions and human rights organizations denounced the assassination of political opponent Nizar Banat by the Palestinian Authority’s security services in Hebron.
Palestinian lawyer Muhannad Karajah, director of the Lawyers for Justice group, said Tuesday that he contacted the activist Banat twice. He was in good health, and he did not inform him that he suffers from any health problems.
Karajah pointed out that Nizar, during his contact with him, assured him that the General Intelligence Service of the PA was pursuing him.
He added that Nizar was assassinated in detention, holding the security services fully responsible for the crime.
Karajeh wondered that the recent years had witnessed more than one case of assassination inside the security services headquarters, from Abu Al-Ezz Halawa, Zabour, and Nizar Banat. Why are these people assassinated inside the security headquarters?
Karajeh called on all the free political parties and the resistance that defend their people to say a true, free word against the arrest and assassination of activist Nizar Banat and others.
He stressed that the crime of assassination means a threat to every defender, activist, and political detainee that his fate is the fate of activist Nizar Banat.
Karajeh stressed that opening an investigation into the assassination of Nizar Banat does not end the problem nor close the file.
The Independent Commission for Human Rights, the Board of Grievances, said that it considers with great seriousness the death of activist Nizar Banat, a candidate for the Freedom and Dignity List for the Legislative Council elections.
Banat’s death was announced shortly after his arrest by a large security force of PA at 3 am today in the southern region of Hebron.
The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wencesland, said that shocked and saddened by the death of an activist and former candidate for the Legislative Council, Nizar Banat, following his arrest by the Palestinian security forces.
He added: “Our deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones. I call for an immediate, independent, and transparent investigation and the perpetrators must be brought to justice.”
As for the representative of the European Union in Palestine, Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, he commented: Shocked and saddened by the death of activist and former legislative candidate Nizar Banat following his arrest by the Palestinian security forces last night. Our condolences to his family and loved ones. A complete, independent and transparent investigation must be conducted immediately.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the Palestinian Territories, Lynn Hastings, said: “Worrying news of the killing of activist Nizar Banat shortly after Palestinian security forces arrested him from his home in Hebron.”
“I note that an investigation has launched, and I call on the authorities to ensure that those responsible are quickly brought to justice,” says the coordinator.
At the same time, the Canadian Representative Office to the Palestinian Authority issued a statement saying: “Shock and deep sadness at the death of Nizar Banat, a prominent Palestinian political activist and critic of the Palestinian Authority, after he was arrested by Palestinian security forces, and we strongly support freedom of expression and a safe space for political figures and members of civil society who must be protected. “
(Source / 25.06.2021)