Police break up 'Hamas-sponsored' e. J'lem meeting

July 28, 2012 21:10


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Jerusalem police broke up a meeting in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras Al Amud on Saturday after claiming that the meeting was sponsored by Hamas.

Police Insp. Gen. Yohanan Danino gave the order to close the convention at a neighborhood community center on the grounds that the convention was promoting terror. Police detained two of the organizers for questioning. The three dozen participants at the meeting dispersed without further incident.

This is the first security-related incident in Jerusalem since the beginning of Ramadan last week. On Friday, more than 160,000 worshipers attended Friday prayers on the Temple Mount without any violent incidents. The numbers of worshipers are expected to grow to 200,000 next Friday and 250,000 on the last Friday of Ramadan, according to national police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

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