Palestinian journalists criticized Mahmoud Abbas over the weekend for condemning the near lynching of an Israeli journalist by Palestinians near Ramallah, The Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday.
Abbas had received the journalist, Avi Issacharoff, in his office and condemned the assault on him.
Issacharoff said he and his photographer were nearly killed by a Palestinian mob which had been incited by a Palestinian journalist. The two were rescued by Palestinian Authority intelligence officers.
Palestinian photojournalist Fadi Arouri, who has been spearheading a campaign to ban Israeli journalists from entering Palestinian areas, was against the meeting.
“I’m against Abbas receiving him and apologizing to him,” Arouri, who works for the Chinese news agency Xinhua, told Palestinian media. “He [Issacharoff] is the one who should apologize to Palestinian journalists for involving them in this case.”
The agency said that Palestinian journalists were “frustrated” with the leaders of the PA for failing to treat them and Israeli journalists equally.