Israel closes Palestinian institutions in Jerusalem


Israel Hayom newspaper on Friday said that the Israeli authorities have decided to close a number of Palestinian institutions in Occupied Jerusalem.

According to the Hebrew newspaper, the Israeli Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, on Thursday issued a decision to close the Palestine Chamber of Commerce, the Higher Council of Tourism, the Palestinian Center for Studies, the Palestinian Prisoner Society and the Office of Social Studies and Statistics.

Erdan’s decision was based on an Israeli law issued in 1994 preventing the Palestinian Authority from opening offices or carrying out activities in “Israeli areas”. The same law grants the minister the authority to issue decisions prohibiting such activities.

The paper said, quoting Erdan, that efforts will continue to impose Israeli sovereignty over every part of Jerusalem.

This decision falls in line with a series of Israeli violations that have been stepped up in Occupied Jerusalem following the US president Donald Trump’s recognition of the holy city as the capital of Israel on 6th December 2017.

(Source / 02.02.2018)

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