Protest tent dismantled in Sheikh Jarrah

By MELANIE LIDMAN
July 7, 2011 18:30

A protest tent outside of the Red Cross in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah was dismantled on Thursday afternoon by the police working in cooperation with the Jerusalem municipality.

The tent was erected in support of three Hamas politicians who were ordered to leave Jerusalem but instead set up camp on the campus of the International Red Cross for the past fifteen months, where they regularly received visiting dignitaries and held rallies.

Khaled Abu-Arafeh, the former minister of Jerusalem Affairs, refused to speak with The Jerusalem Post as the three politicians, including Muhammad Totah and Ahmad Attoun, both PLC members, are boycotting the Israeli media. The tent was erected yesterday in an open area that interfered with traffic, a municipality spokeswoman said.


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