Jerusalem - Israel Bans Palestinian PM from East Jerusalem Event
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today renewed a ban on Palestinian leaders holding official functions in annexed Arab east Jerusalem in the face of reports of plans by prime minister Salam Fayyad to open two schools.
“Mr Netanyahu has ordered the security services to prevent the Palestinian Authority from organising events or ceremonies within the Jerusalem municipal area,” his office said.
Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that Fayyad had intended to attend a school opening in the Dahayat al-Salam neighbourhood of Jerusalem on Tuesday but that police had sealed the premises.
Contacted by AFP, Ghassan Khatib, an aide to Fayyad, indicated that he still planned to proceed with the ceremony despite the Israeli measures.
Israel’s right-leaning government insists that the whole of Jerusalem is the country’s “eternal, indivisible capital.” The Palestinians claim the city’s eastern sector as the capital of their promised state.
The city’s future is one of the most intractable issues of the Middle East conflict.
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