Critic of Palestinian Authority dies during arrest

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JERUSALEM (AP) — An outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority has died during his arrest by PA forces. Nizar Banat was a harsh critic of the PA, which governs parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and had called on Western nations to cut off aid to it because of its growing authoritarianism and human rights violations. He had planned to run as a candidate in parliamentary elections before they were called off in April. In a brief statement, the Hebron governorate said his “health deteriorated” when Palestinian forces went to arrest him early Thursday. It said he was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

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