Nasri Abu Jaish says Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh twice refused to accept his resignation, which led him to continue in government.
The Palestinian Authority Labor Minister, who declared his resignation amid protests over the death of a detained activist, will ultimately remain in office, he said Sunday.
Nasri Abu Jaish, who is also the representative of the left-wing People’s Party in government, said in late June that he would leave the Fatah-led PA for “its disregard for laws and civil liberties.”
Abu Jaish had announced his pending resignation when protesters demanded the resignation of President Mahmoud Abbas, following the violent arrest and death in custody of activist Nizar Banat.
Banat, a 43-year-old man known for videos on social media denouncing alleged corruption in the AP, he died on June 24 shortly afterwards security forces stormed his house, beat him and dragged him.
But on Sunday, Abu Jaish said in a statement that Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh had twice refused to accept his resignation, which led him to “continue in the Palestinian government as Minister of Labor.”
The AP announced the opening of an investigation into Banat’s death, but protesters continued to protest weeks later.
On Sunday, hundreds of people in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah demanded Abbas’s resignation, denouncing the use of Palestinian security force in stifling recent demonstrations.
“We will continue to stand in the streets until justice is done,” protester Maher Akhras said on Sunday, accusing the AP of “killing Nizar Banat and assaulting protesters.”
A few hundred protested in Ramallah, demanding justice for #NizarBanat, fall of PA and elections. On the banner, a photo of President Abbas of the Fatah demonstration, which described him as a symbol of legitimacy … President Abbas has been effectively ruling by decree for the past 14 years. pic.twitter.com/HfvkLz6mfv
– Rania Zabaneh (@RZabaneh) July 11, 2021
Banat had registered as a candidate in the Palestinian parliamentary elections set for May, until Abbas postponed them indefinitely.
Samir Abu Zarzour, the doctor who performed the autopsy, said the wounds on Banat’s body indicated that his head, chest, neck, legs and hands had been beaten in less than an hour. between his arrest and his death.
Protesters expressed anger over the lack of a democratic process in the territory.
“We have the right to elections, to elect our representatives and to elect a president,” protester Omar Assaf said.
“We need to rebuild the entire Palestinian political system.”
Protests in Ramallah over Banat’s death in custody have continued for several weeks.