Hamas slams PA's attack on Palestinian parliamentary candidate in Hebron

Nizar Banat, the candidate for the Palestinian parliament
Nizar Banat, the candidate for the Palestinian parliament

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Hamas Movement Sunday released a statement on the attack on the Palestinian political activist and candidate for the parliament Nizar Banat’s home in Hebron.

Musa Dodeen, Member of Hamas Political Bureau, said that his movement denounced the heinous attack on the house of Nizar Banat, the candidate for the Palestinian parliament, in the West Bank town of Dura in Hebron.

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"As we deplore the idea that Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces were accompanying the gunmen who opened fire at Banat’s home, the officially state-sponsored attacks on Palestinian citizens for expressing their opinions is a serious development that paves the way for a stage of chaos that should be avoided," Dodeen added.

He stated that expressing opinions against the PA leadership’s decision to postpone the Palestinian elections should remain guaranteed.

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He stressed that postponing the Palestinian votes and its repercussions on the Palestinian cause and interests should be discussed by the political elites and electoral lists formed in the run-up to the elections.

Dodeen confirmed that his movement believes that suppressing and intimidating political activists will worsen the situation of freedoms in Palestine.

"We affirm that taking a unilateral decision to postpone the elections without consulting all Palestinian parties, not seeking solutions for the challenges facing the Palestinian vote, and not coming up with a national strategy will keep the state of uncertainty witnessed by the Palestinian politics; this requires a comprehensive national dialogue away from monopoly," Dodeen added.

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