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As Palestinians demand answers, the PA has nothing left but tyranny

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The Palestinian Authority might not have envisaged that the killing of Nizar Banat by its security services would have unleashed such a response from the Palestinian people. Ongoing demonstrations and calls for PA leader Mahmoud Abbas to step down have been met with further violence by the security forces, and the Palestinian leadership is showing no sign of quitting.

The possibility of an upsurge in demonstrations once the commission of inquiry into Banat's killing is made public has set out the PA's strategy: respond to the legitimate demands of the Palestinian people with violence. The PA's Justice Minister, Mohammed Al-Shalaldeh, declared Banat's death to be "unnatural" and acknowledged that physical violence had been meted out against him, but he concluded that the cause of death was "neurological shock, which resulted in acute heart and pulmonary failure." Banat's death, Al-Shalaldeh added, "was an exceptional case and not part of a pattern carried out by the PA against its........

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