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Palestinian plainclothes security agents further popular dissent

The method in which the protests against the killing of the critic of the Palestinian leadership Nizar Bayat were violently put down, with the use of security officials dressed in civilian clothes, has exposed a deep rift in Palestinian society.
Demonstrators hold up images of Palestinian activist Nizar Banat, who died in late June during a violent arrest by Palestinian Authority security forces, as they march during a protest in the city of Hebron, West Bank, July 2, 2021.

The June 28 Facebook post by Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi who slapped an Israeli soldier was powerful. “The Tamimi family doesn’t accept injustice. My mother Nariman Tamimi informed my brother who participated in the attempts to break up a demonstration by citizens in the streets not to come home. He can either resign [from his security service position] or apologize. Otherwise, my mother will announce she will wash the family hands from having any relations with him.”

Social media shows many of these confrontations between patriotic Palestinian parents confronting their sons who are working for the Palestinian security service and who were filmed violently putting down fellow Palestinian demonstrators.

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