Israel Police Shuts Down Mother's Day Event in East Jerusalem Under Claim It's Funded by PA

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File Photo: Israeli border police secure one of the entrances of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem , March 12, 2019.
File Photo: Israeli border police secure one of the entrances of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem, March 12, 2019.Credit: AFP

Israeli police shut down a Mother's Day event in East Jerusalem on Thursday, claiming that it was funded by the Palestinian Authority. The event was organized in cooperation with the French Cultural Institute and was meant to take place in their center.

As a result, the stand-in for the Israeli ambassador in Paris was called in for a clarifications at the French Foreign Ministry.

It is a policy of the Israeli Public Security Ministry to issue closing warrants for events in East Jerusalem from time to time, on grounds that they are funded by the PA and violate the Oslo Accords.

In the past, the police have shut down press conferences, cultural and literary events, and even kids' festivals.

The event that was meant to take place on Thursday was in honor of Mother's Day (which takes place on March 21 in Arab tradition) and was organized by Jerusalemite Women's Association in the French Institute on Salah ad-Din Street.

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As the event was starting, the Israeli Border Police arrived and presented a warrant to shut down the event issued by Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan. Shortly after, stand-in Israeli Ambassador in Paris Marc Attali was called in for a meeting at the French Foreign Ministry.

Attali protested that the event was sponsored by the Palestinian Authority and that such activity is forbidden in Israeli territory. The Israeli Foreign Ministry issued a statement that it expects its friends to respect the rules which forbid Palestinian Authority activity inside Israel.

In response, the French Foreign Ministry said that "such behavior causes grave and unacceptable harm to the activities of the French Cultural Institute in Jerusalem. The Israeli representative in Paris was called in for clarification. France plans to continue and develop it close and long-standing relationship with Palestinian civil society."

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