Public Security Minister extends ban preventing PA activity in East Jerusalem

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan extended the order preventing the activities of the Palestinian Authority in East Jerusalem after adopting the recommendation of the Shin Bet and the Israel Police.

The order limits the activities of the Orient House, a building located in east Jerusalem that served as the headquarters of the PLO terror group in the 1980s and 1990s.

It also limits the operations of the East Jerusalem Chamber of Commerce, the Supreme Council for the Arab Tourism Industry, the Center for Palestinian Studies, the Palestinian Prisoner Club of terrorists and the Ministry for Social and Statistical Studies, all of which are affiliated with the Palestinian Authority.

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“The extension of the closure of these Palestinian institutions is a message to the Palestinian Authority and the residents of eastern Jerusalem that the State of Israel does not intend to relinquish in any way its sovereignty over eastern Jerusalem and will not allow any foothold in it,” Erdan said.

“The Palestinian Authority has recently been making great efforts to strengthen its presence in eastern Jerusalem in sophisticated ways, including through the transfer of significant funding for activities on its behalf, and intelligence and police forces are constantly working to trace these attempts and stop them. I will continue to strengthen sovereignty and Israeli governance throughout Jerusalem, and I will prevent any Palestinian attempt to establish a foothold in the eastern part of the city.”

“We will continue to act so that other countries in the world recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and express this in practice by transferring their embassies to Jerusalem,” Erdan added.