"Palestinian human rights activist Nizar Banat was brutally murdered in Hebron by Palestinian Authority security personnel on June 24, 2021, because of his criticism of P.A. corruption.
The family’s lawyer, Hakan Kamoz, recently appealed to Karim Khan, the Prosecutor General of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, demanding an investigation into the circumstances of Banat’s murder.
The unusual move of the Banat family against the P.A. reflects their anger and frustration; the 14 defendants in the case were released from custody and the P.A. has been trying for a year and a half to delay their trial. In a statement, the Banat family directly accused P.A. chairman Mahmoud Abbas of responsibility for their son’s death, and announced their determination 'to go to the end and bring justice to the gang that murdered Nizar Banat.'...
The murder of Nizar Banat was intended to send a clear message to Abbas’s political opponents, and the Palestinian leader will continue to forcefully suppress his critics and opponents—just like the other dictatorial rulers of the Arab world."