Erdan shuts down soccer match glorifying Palestinian prisoners in Jerusalem

Erdan said that "I will not allow an event that glorifies terrorists and violate the Israeli sovereignty to take place in Jerusalem, our capital."

April 19, 2019 11:54
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Border Police forces getting briefed before Passover

Border Police forces getting briefed before Passover. (photo credit: POLICE SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)


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Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan has instructed not to allow a soccer tournament to take place in Jerusalem on Friday.

The match was sponsored and funded by the Palestinian Authority and organized by members of Hamas, meant to mark Palestinian Prisoners' Day.

Erdan said that "I will not allow an event that glorifies terrorists and violate the Israeli sovereignty to take place in Jerusalem, our capital."

The minister signed an order to close the tournament that was supposed to take place on the football field in Beit Tzafafa, in the capital.

In the past, Erdan extended the order to close the Orient House building and other institutions of the Palestinian Authority in east Jerusalem. In recent months, he issued closing orders for a commemorative event in east Jerusalem financed by the Palestinian Authority, for a conference in Silwan that promoted the Palestinian takeover of east Jerusalem and other events Palestinian settlements planned for Jerusalem.

According to Erdan, "The terrorists imprisoned in Israel are despicable murderers, and their praise by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas demonstrates their intentions. The Palestinian Authority has been trying to strengthen its presence in East Jerusalem in sophisticated ways, including significant funding for its own activities. Intelligence forces and the Police are constantly working to trace these attempts and stop them, and I will continue to strengthen Israeli sovereignty throughout Jerusalem and prevent any Palestinian attempt to create a foothold in the city. "

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