Israel Police Shut Down Hamas-linked Institutions in East Jerusalem

Border Police shut down both a soccer club and a charity organization for a period of 30 days, under orders from Israel Police Chief.

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Israel Border Police closed down two institutions in the East Jerusalem neighborhood Silwan after they were suspected of receiving funds from Hamas, as well as hosting the organizations events.

The police shut down both a soccer club and a charity organization for a period of 30 days, under orders from Israel Police Chief. Israel has closed down 10 different institutions in East Jerusalem in the past year for connections with terrorist organizations, particularly Hamas.

Border Police blocking the entrance to an East Jerusalem home after evicting its Arab inhabitants on Nov 23, 2010.Credit: Michal Patael

The move comes a week after Jerusalem Police arrested two Hamas lawmakers who had been hiding for over a year in an East Jerusalem Red Cross compound.

The two men, Khaled Abu Rafah, and Mohammed Totah sought refuge from Israeli arrest in the compound in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem in July 2010. The mens identity cards were previously confiscated by the Israeli government.

It must be noted that the Red Cross compound does not provide diplomatic immunity.
Police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, said the men were wanted for "Hamas activities," but would not elaborate.

Israel, the U.S., EU and Israel list Hamas as a terror group due to its suicide bombings and other attacks aimed at civilians that have killed hundreds of Israelis.

Israel bans Hamas from operating in Jerusalem. Last week Israel arrested the Hamas speaker of the Palestinian parliament.

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