A Fatah legislator on Wednesday physically assaulted Jibril Rajoub, chairman of
the Palestinian Football Association and a former Palestinian Authority security
commander, eyewitnesses said. The assault took place at Ramallah’s Grand Park
Hotel, the eyewitnesses said.
They added that Jamal Abu Rub, a Fatah
legislator from Jenin, first slapped Rajoub before punching him twice in the
face. Abu Rub is known for his nickname “Hitler.”
Rajoub was in the hotel
to attend a meeting with the Chinese foreign minister.
assault by Abu Rub came a few weeks after Rajoub’s bodyguards reportedly beat
him during an altercation at a meeting of top Fatah officials in Ramallah. The
Ma’an news agency said that people who witnessed Wednesday’s attack managed to
prevent Rajoub from hitting Abu Rub back. Both Rajoub and Abu Rub are senior
representatives of the ruling Fatah faction in the West Bank.
officials said that the dispute between the two men was “personally motivated.”
The officials expressed fear that Wednesday’s violent incident at the Grand Park
Hotel could deteriorate into a confrontation between supporters of the two men.