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        12/31/2013, Tevet 28, 5774

      Ya'alon Outlaws Belgian Pro-PA Arab Organization

      The Independent reports former International Development Secretary Clare Short could be arrested the next time she lands in Tel Aviv after the Palestinian Arab organization she is a director of was declared an "illicit organisation" by Israel's Defence Minister on Tuesday.

      Moshe Ya’alon, former IDF chief of staff, says The Independent, outlawed the Council for European Palestinian Relations (CEPR) – a Belgian non-profit organisation that lobbies on behalf of the Hamas-led Gaza Government – using emergency defence regulations.

      CEPR Members also include Labour MEP Richard Howitt, a member of the House of Lords and two other European MPs who are now in danger of prosecution if they land at Ben Gurion International Airport, adds The Independent.

      Ms Short, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said she was unsurprised by the decision. She told The Independent: “As CEPR is Palestinian led, and given Israel’s track record, the Defence Minister’s action is not surprising, but it is yet more evidence that Israel’s claim to be a democracy is eroding very fast.”