Israel shuts French cultural centre in Jerusalem

22 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

JERUSALEM: Israeli authorities shut down a French cultural centre in Jerusalem on Thursday, alleging it was to host an event involving an association supported by the Palestinian Authority, reports AFP.

In a rare move, police entered the centre in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem and ordered it closed until further notice, a French diplomatic source said.

An order posted on the door of the building said that the centre, which is connected to the French foreign ministry, intended to host an event organised with a women’s association “sponsored or financed by the Palestinian Authority” and “without authorisation.”

Israel considers all Palestinian Authority activities in Jerusalem illegal.

The consulate could not confirm if the association was indeed financed by the PA, but Palestinians who were to participate in the event said the allegation was false.