Jerusalem police ban ´Hamas-funded´ iftar meal (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 07/29/12)
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Israeli police barred a traditional iftar meal for breaking the
Ramadan fast which was to take place at an east Jerusalem hotel on
grounds it had been organised by Hamas, a Palestinian activist said
During the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began last weekend,
Muslims are expected to abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn
until sunset, when they break their fast with a meal known as iftar.
According to Fakhri Abu Diab, a group called the Silwan Charity
Foundation was preparing for a mass iftar meal at the Panorama Hotel
in Ras al-Amud on the Mount of Olives.
However, two hours before the meal was to begin "Israeli police came
and prevented it from taking place on the grounds that the foundation
is financed by Islamic movements, including Hamas," said Abu Diab, an
activist in the flashpoint neighbourhood of Silwan.
"Police closed the hotel, called off the meal and arrested two board
members of the Silwan Charity Foundation," he told AFP, saying the
meal was eventually held elsewhere.
Israel police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP that "the meal was
prevented in accordance with item six of the anti-terror decree, and
three of its organisers were arrested, including director of the
Israel captured east Jerusalem, along with the West Bank and Gaza,
during the 1967 Six-Day War and considers all of the city
its "eternal, undivided" capital.
It is quick to close down any Palestinian activity in the sector
which could be considered as political.
The Palestinians want east Jerusalem as the capital of their promised
state, and furiously denounce any Israeli attempt to extend control
over the sector. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse. 07/29/12)
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