Israel Shuts Down Unauthorized PA Event in Yerushalayim

Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, acting on an Israeli police recommendation, signed an order to prevent an illegal Palestinian Authority event from taking place in Yerushalayim.

The PA-organized event was to feature speeches and sponsorship by senior Fatah figures, along with a U.K. delegation.

Erdan said: “The PA continues to attempt to undermine Israeli sovereignty in Yerushalayim through organizing and funding unauthorized activities, in violation of its commitments under signed Israel–PA agreements. I will continue to act to prevent these attempts and ensure Israel’s sovereignty in Yerushalayim.”

The order was signed in accordance with the Interim Agreement Regarding Yehudah and Shomron and Gaza Strip (1994), which prohibits the PA from carrying out unauthorized activity within the state of Israel, and which empowers the Public Security Minister to prevent such activity. Under the agreement, Israel retains exclusive authority and jurisdiction in Yerushalayim.

Following issuance of the order, the Israeli Police informed the organizers that the event will not be held.

Over the last two years, Public Security Minister Erdan has issued a number of orders to prevent PA activity in areas under Israel’s exclusive authority. Among these orders is the extension of the order closing the Orient House, which served as a base for PA activity in the capital.