Ashrawi holds press conference at Damascus Gate

Prominent Palestinian spokeswoman Hanan Ashrawi held an election press conference late Tuesday morning at the Damascus Gate, police said. Ashrawi refused to take down a Palestinian election banner she was carrying and police confiscated it, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said. Ashrawi's assistant was detained for questioning for trying to prevent a policeman from carrying out his work while a participant in the rally was detained for allegedly being in Jerusalem illegally. According to the Oslo Accords, Palestinian political activity is forbidden in the capital.