The Palestinian Center for Human Rights on Monday urged the Palestinian Authority attorney-general to investigate the assault of a man during a recent Boycott talk in Bethlehem.
“Nizar Khalil Banat, 34, from Hebron, was violently beaten by a number of persons after he left the Fourth National Conference to Boycott Israel, held in Bethlehem” on Saturday, PCHR said in a statement.
Banat told the rights group that he identified two of his attackers as accompanying the PA Minister of National Economy Jawad al-Naji, who spoke at the event.
The incident occurred after Banat, during a question and answer session, accused the Palestinian Authority and President Mahmoud Abbas of coordinating with Israel.
Naji quickly interrupted by saying “We do not want to hear howling,” PCHR said, as other participants demanded that he apologize or leave the conference. The minister stormed out of the conference.
Banat said he sustained bruises to his head and legs in the attack, and went to hospital for treatment.
PCHR called for “the right to freedom of opinion and expression, as ensured under the Palestinian Basic Law and international human rights standards,” to be respected, and urged the attorney-general to bring the perpetrators to justice.