Fayyad Blocked from PA Dedication in Jerusalem
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and other PA officials have been banned from entering Jerusalem without first obtaining permission.
The order came following a report that Fayyad had planned to participate in official dedication ceremonies Tuesday at two schools and a new road project in Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. All three projects were reportedly fully funded by the PA -- an act seen as a further violation of Israel's sovereignty in the capital.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly ordered security officials to ensure that Fayyad and other PA officials were prevented from attending any official dedication ceremonies in Jerusalem.
The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel had notified Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch and the Jerusalem police department last Wednesday of the impending PA ceremonies in Jerusalem. “This is a type of destruction,” noted Legal Forum spokesman Shmuel Klein. “Renovating a school and holding a dedication ceremony is forbidden by law.”
The PA has paved roads and carried out a number of other municipal projects in Jerusalem over the past year, including the multimillion-dollar renovation of some 15 private schools in the city’s Arab neighborhoods.
According to the order, signed by Aharonovitch, Israeli law does not allow PA officials to participate in political activities on Israeli territory without first obtaining government authorization.
More than a year ago, a Palestinian Culture Festival aimed at declaring Jerusalem “the capital of Arabic culture for 2009” led to more than 20 arrests and an order by then-Public Security Minister Avi Dichter to “suppress any attempts by the PA to hold events in Jerusalem and throughout the rest of the country.”