PA-funded Jerusalem activity prevented

Minister Gilad Erdan orders ban on activities planned for Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter financed by Palestinian Authority.

Mordechai Sones,

Gilad Erdan
Gilad Erdan
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In accordance with police recommendation, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan signed an order to prevent an illegal Palestinian Authority event from taking place in Jerusalem. The event, which was organized by the PA without authorization and in violation of signed Israeli-PA agreements regarding Jerusalem, was to feature speeches and sponsorship by senior PA figures.

The order was signed in accordance with section 3(a) of the Law for Implementing the Interim Agreement Regarding the West Bank and Gaza Strip (1994), which prohibits the PA from carrying out unauthorized activity within the State of Israel, and which authorizes the Public Security Minister to issue orders to prevent any such activity. In the framework of signed Israel-Palestinian agreements, Israel retains exclusive authority and jurisdiction in Jerusalem.

Following the Public Security Minister's order, the Israeli Police delivered a closure order to the event venue, which was to feature a football match between the Burj Al-Luqluq team (a team whose coach is incarcerated due to his membership in the Hamas terrorist organization), and a UK delegation, as well as speeches by senior PA and Fatah figures.

Over the last two years, Public Security Minister Erdan has issued a number of orders to prevent PA activity in areas under Israel's exclusive authority. Among these orders is an extension of the order closing the Orient House, which served as a base for PA activity in Jerusalem.