Palestinian minister withdraws threat to resign over activist’s death | News of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Nasri Abu Jaish said that Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh twice refused to accept his resignation, which prompted him to continue in the government.
He said on Sunday that the Palestinian Authority’s labor minister, who announced he would resign amid protests over the death of an activist in custody, would eventually remain in his post.
Nasri Abu Jaish, who is also the leftist People’s Party representative in the government, said in late June that he would leave the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority due to its “lack of respect for laws and public freedoms”.
Abu Jaish had announced his imminent resignation as the demonstrators demanded President Mahmoud Abbas to step down after the violent arrest and death in custody of activist Nizar Banat.
Banat, 43, known for videos on social media denouncing alleged corruption within the Palestinian Authority, Died On June 24, shortly after security forces stormed his house, they beat him and dragged him away.
But Abu Jaish said in a statement on Sunday that Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh twice refused to accept his resignation, prompting him “to continue in the Palestinian government as Minister of Labor.”
The Palestinian Authority announced the opening of an investigation into the deaths of girls, but the protesters continued to protest weeks later.
Hundreds of people in the West Bank city of Ramallah demanded, on Sunday, Abbas’ resignation, citing the Palestinian security’s use of force to suppress recent demonstrations.
“We will continue to stand in the street until justice is achieved,” protester Maher al-Akhras said, accusing the Palestinian Authority of “killing Nizar Banat and assaulting protesters.”
A few hundred protested in Ramallah, demanding justice #NazarbanatAnd the fall of the Palestinian Authority and elections. The banner has a picture of President Abbas from the Fatah movement describing him as a symbol of legitimacy… President Abbas has actually ruled by decree for 14 years. pic.twitter.com/HfvkLz6mfv
– Rania Zabaneh (@RZabaneh) July 11, 2021
Banat had registered as candidates in the Palestinian parliamentary elections that were scheduled for May, until Abbas postponed them indefinitely.
Samir Abu Zarzour, the doctor who performed his autopsy, said that the injuries on Banat’s body indicated that he had been beaten on the head, chest, neck, legs and hands, with less than an hour between his arrest and his death.
The demonstrators expressed their anger at the lack of a democratic process in the region.
“We have the right to vote, elect our representatives, and elect a president,” said protester Omar Assaf.
“We need to rebuild the entire Palestinian political system.”
Protests in Ramallah continued after girls died in custody for several weeks.