Abbas fires senior PA official who criticized journalist's death

Ramallah national library director fired days after writing post criticizing PA over journalist who was beaten by police and died.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas fired a senior PA official after the official criticized the death of a journalist in police custody, the Associated Press and the Times of Israel reported.

Ramallah national library director Ehab Bessaiso was fired on June 27, three days after he wrote a Facebook post about the death of Nizar Banat in Hebron. Banat, a critic of the PA leadership, died after he was beaten during an attempt to arrest him.

“Killing a human being is a crime, no matter how blurry, ambiguous and emotional the picture seems,” Bessaiso wrote.

Protests have broken out throughout the Palestinian Authority in response to Banat's death