Khaled Abu Hilal, Secretary-General of the Palestinian Freedom Movement said that it is high time to implement the death penalty against the "criminal murderers" who were responsible for the killing of opposition activist Nizar Banat by PA security forces. He made his remarks in a rally protesting the killing that aired on Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas-Gaza) on June 26, 2021. Abu Hilal said that the identities of those who gave the "death sentence" against Banat are known, and they include Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whom he called "the leader of the gang," Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh, whom he said collaborates with the occupation, and Ziyad Hab Al-Rih and Majed Faraj, the commanders of the Preventative Security Force and the General Intelligence Services, respectively. He said that "the solution is to carry out the death sentence" against them.
Khaled Abu Hilal: "The identity of [Palestinian activist Nizar Bant's] killers is known — 27 criminals from the Preventive Security Force and the General Intelligence gangs. All our people in Hebron know them by name. We know the names of the people who stormed the home of the martyr Nizar Banat and carried out the order to assassinate him. The leaders are also known to all. Mahmoud Abbas is the leader of the gang. [PM] Mohammad Shtayyeh is the so—called 'Minister of the Interior,' although I have reservations about calling him that, because he is a minister leading a rogue gang, who is in charge of an agency that collaborates with the occupation. Majed Faraj and Ziyad Hab Al-Rih are the commanders of the Preventive Security Force and the General Intelligence Service, and they took part in planning and carrying out [the killing]. We have come here today to demand as loud as we can: It is high time to carry out the death penalty. It is high time that — for once and for all — we witness the shari'a being implemented against the criminal murderers.
Therefore, I say that the solution is to carry out the death sentence against all these criminal murderers — all those who took part in planning and committing this cowardly crime, that constitutes a mark of shame on the faces of those who committed it."