Police shuts down east Jerusalem center, says it is Hamas front

Israel Police has shut down a religious and educational center in east Jerusalem, saying Tuesday it served as a front for Hamas. According to a police statement Tuesday, the Education Club in the Zur Baher village is run by Hamas activists, financed by the Islamic group, and actively recruits people to its ranks. Hussein Abu Hamed, director of the center, called the accusations "baseless." "We are not connected to any Palestinian faction, and we don't represent any Palestinian faction," Abu Hamed said.