Israel Arrests Palestinian Governor of Jerusalem for Suspected Collaboration With PA's Security Forces

Adnan Ghaith allegedly violated the 1993 Oslo Accords law which forbids cooperation with security services of the Palestinian Authority

Adnan Ghaith poses for a photograph in his office at the Palestinian Ministry of Jerusalem affairs' headquarters in the occupied West Bank town of al-Ram, near Jerusalem, on November 4, 2018.
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The Israeli police arrested Adnan Ghaith, the Palestinian Authority’s governor of Jerusalem, on Saturday night on suspicions of cooperating with the Palestinian Authority’s security services in violation of the Oslo Accords. Ghaith will be brought before the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Sunday morning and the police will ask to extend his detention.

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Ghaith, a resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, was appointed governor in September and has been arrested by the Jerusalem police a number of times since. Ghaith was arrested on suspicions of involvement in the arrest of an East Jerusalem resident who was suspected by the PA of selling a house to Jews. Ghaith was released after the Jerusalem District Court denied the police’s request to extend his detention.

Three weeks ago, the Shin Bet security service and the Border Police conducted a comprehensive search of the Palestinian governorship’s office in A-Ram, just north of Jerusalem. One week later, the head of Home Front Command issued an order forbidding Ghaith from leaving Jerusalem and entering the West Bank.

On Saturday night Ghaith was arrested once again based on a law that is rarely enforced: Section 7 of the 1993 Oslo Accords Law – which only one person, also a resident of East Jerusalem, has been convicted of violating –  forbids cooperation with the PA's security services.

Recently, left-wing activist Ezra Nawi was indicted for a similar violation of this law for allegedly passing on information to the Palestinian security services on Palestinians who sold land to Jews.