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Israel bans East Jerusalem Fatah official from entering Jerusalem for 4 months

Sept. 1, 2017 3:41 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 2, 2017 4:24 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Thursday decided to ban the Secretary of the Fatah movement in the al-Thawri neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem from entering Jerusalem City for four months over alleged accusations of “incitement.”

The head of the Jerusalem Committee for Families of Prisoners, Amjad Abu Asab, told Ma'an that Israeli authorities delivered an order to Mahdi Abu Nijmeh on Thursday banning him from the city.

According to Abu Asab, the order gave Nijmeh four days to file an appeal before the ban is implemented.

He added that the Israeli intelligence and army forces had raided Nijmeh’s house several times before Thursday in attempts to detain him, though Nijmeh was not home.

Israeli forces then left Nijmeh interrogation summons, and when he headed to the Russian compound, he was interrogated for “incitement via Facebook” and was delivered the ban order after several hours of interrogation.

Israeli forces have detained scores of Palestinian activists, local political leaders, and journalists over accusations of “incitement” in recent months, while banning detainees from entering Jerusalem as a common punishment for such accusations.

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