Israel calls off PA events in French Institute in Jl"m, diplomat summoned

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned an Israeli diplomat to explain why Israel didn't permit an event at the French cultural institute in Jerusalem.

By MAARIV ONLINE
March 23, 2019 10:32
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French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Elysee Palace as part of the commemoration ceremony for Armistice Day, 100 years after the end of the First World War, in Paris, France, November 11, 2018.. (photo credit: PHILIPPE WOJAZER/REUTERS)

 
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The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned vice-ambassador Mark Atali to explain why Israel decided to cancel an event funded by the Palestinian Authority meant to take place at the French Cultural Institute in Jerusalem, Maariv reported on Friday. 
 
The Israeli position is that any activity that had the character of sovereignty on behalf of the Palestinian Authority is forbidden in the State of Israel. 
 
"Israel will not allow any events by the Palestinian Authority to be held in Jerusalem," Atali was reported to have told his French hosts. "Israel also expects her friends will honor established rules," he added.
 
Earlier on Friday France joined the EU in saying it will not recognize Israeli control of the Gold Heights. 

 


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