JERUSALEM, June 1 (JMCC) - A leader of the Palestinian faction Fateh
was warned Tuesday by Israeli officials that if he continues political activism in Jerusalem
, he will ultimately be expelled and prevented from entering the city.
Members of the Israeli intelligence service delivered the warning to Hatem Abdel Qader
during a two-hour interrogation after Abdel Qader was picked up on his way to the Turkish consulate in Jerusalem.
Abdel Qader was on his way to deliver condolences to Turkish officials for the loss of life on board the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara after Israeli commandos stormed it early Monday. Nine people died in the attack, most of them Turkish nationals.
The Fateh official and former minister of Jerusalem affairs in the Palestinian Authority
said the warning was aimed at suppressing his efforts to maintain the Arab character of Jerusalem.
Palestinian officials have been banned from operating openly in Jerusalem, and their offices have been closed by Israeli police.