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Israel shuts down East Jerusalem theater over PA backing

Nov. 21, 2008 8:00 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 21, 2008 8:00 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Israeli police ordered the closure of a local theater in East Jerusalem on Friday under the pretext that it was sponsored by the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Israeli officials also accused the owners of the Al-Hakawati Theater of having failed to obtain written permission to operate it, as is required under Israeli law.

Schoolchildren were expected to participate in an extracurricular activity sponsored by a local Palestinian organization, "Juthur," or "Roots," along with participants from a number of other organizations in East Jerusalem.

The theater's activities have been disrupted at least eight times during 2008.

***Updated 20:51 Bethlehem time
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