Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Israel closes Palestinian Press office in East Jerusalem

A Palestinian press office in East Jerusalem opened to serve journalists during the papal visit was closed by Israeli police in the early hours of May 11. The grand mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein, and retired Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem were scheduled to speak at a May 11 press conference at the Palestinian Media Center about Pope Benedict XVI's visit and his meeting with interreligious dialogue leaders later that day.

The Palestinian Media Center is also operating in the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem, coordinating media coverage for the pope's visit to Bethlehem.

"We know there is a political agenda behind this. There is a clear and constant attempt (by the Palestinian Authority) to carry out events (in Jerusalem)," said Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld (photo). He said a warrant to close the office was issued by the minister of internal security. MORE HERE

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