Israel arrests Palestinian governor of Jerusalem

Yolanda Curtis
April 6, 2020

Tens of thousands of Palestinian workers, who work in Israel, were expected to return to their homes in the West Bank due to the Jewish holidays that will start next week.

Israeli police arrested the Palestinian minister for Jerusalem affairs early Friday for allegedly violating an Israeli ban on Palestinian political activities in east Jerusalem.

Fadi al-Hidmi was arrested near the Mount of Olives. His office circulated surveillance camera footage showing police searching his home with dogs.

They also noted that Palestinian officials and residents" attempts to take necessary precaution measures, across East Jerusalem, are important, while Israel "is not doing enough' to maintain Palestinian public health. However, Israeli security forces have arrested Ghaith many times in the past several years, including on suspicion of incitement.

It considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

Jerusalem has remained Israel's capital since its founding. "We demand his immediate release".

"Adnan Ghaith was detained this morning for Palestinian activity in Jerusalem, which is illegal", police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

PLO Executive Committee Hanan Ashrawi accused the Israeli occupation of undermining Palestinian efforts in the battle against coronavirus, referring to the Israeli escalation against Palestinian officials in Jerusalem, including the repeated detention of Jerusalem's Minister Fadi Al-Hadami.

He stated authorities looked the residence as well as taken records along with "large sums of money".

The data shows over 1.2 million cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll exceeding 69,000 and over 259,000 recoveries. The Palestinian Authority has reported 143 cases and one death in the territories it administers in the West Bank. Both have imposed sweeping lockdowns to slow the spread of the virus.

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