Bethlehem BDS conference turns ugly...for Palestinians

Monday, June 10, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

A conference promoting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel was held in Bethlehem over the weekend. But instead of making Israel look bad, the gathering demonstrated precisely why it is the Palestinian Authority from which average Palestinians have the most to fear.

Speaking at the conference was PA Economy Minister Jawad al-Naji, who was taken aback when one of the participants pointedly asked why the Palestinian regime bans normalization between average Palestinians and Israelis, but still conducts security coordination with the Israeli military.

Naji lashed out at the participant, a Nizar Banat, before storming out of the session. Banat later told Palestinian media that after leaving the premises, he was set upon and beaten by Palestinian Authority security officials.

Another participant told The Jerusalem Post that Naji did not leave voluntarily, but was told to leave by the audience, which was upset over the Palestinian official's behavior. She also said that Palestinian security officials searched the cellphones of numerous participants to make sure the heated exchange involving Naji had not been recorded.

* PHOTO: Palestinian activist Nizar Banat after being beaten by Palestinian police for asking PA Economy Minister Jawal al-Naji a 'provocative' question

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