Published: 2018-02-03 12:39
Last Updated: 2018-02-03 12:39
The Israeli authorities decided to shut down a number of Palestinian institutions in East Jerusalem on Friday, according to Asharq Al-Awsat.
Institutions to be shut down included the Orient House, due to its affiliation to the Palestinian Authority.
Israeli sources said that the order issued by the Internal Security Minister, Gilad Erdan, does not only include political institutions, but also a number of civil institutions.
According to sources, the decision is based on an Israeli law, which prevents the PA to open any representational offices inside Israeli areas.
The law also grants the Interior Minister the power to prohibit any PA related activities.
"The struggle for sovereignty over all parts of Jerusalem continues all the time, and the Palestinian Authority is trying to undermine Israel's sovereignty in our capital consistently. I will not allow it," Erdan said.
Erdan said that after President Donald Trump announced Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the PA increased efforts to renew operations in Jerusalem.
According to Asharq Al-Awsat, the decision is expected to affect 887 properties.
It is estimated that the municipality will earn 650 million shekels (JOD 135 million) from the new policy.