Jerusalem Post Israel News Is the PA using coronavirus to violate Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem?
Israeli authorities say the PA is violating Israeli sovereignty by operating in Jerusalem on the pretext of combating the disease.
The PA and east Jerusalem residents, however, argue that their activities are limited to medical and relief assistance and are totally unrelated to issues of Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem. In the past few weeks several east Jerusalem residents have been detained by the police on suspicion of carrying out activities on behalf of the PA and the ruling Fatah faction to prevent the spread of the virus in several neighborhoods and villages in the city.On Sunday morning, police officers detained the PA “governor” of Jerusalem, Adnan Gheith.Last Friday, PA Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, Fadi al-Hidmi, was also briefly detained by the police.The two officials are suspected of overseeing the work of “emergency relief committees” that were established in Arab neighborhoods and villages in Jerusalem after the outbreak of coronavirus last month.The committees consist of hundreds of volunteers, some of whom are affiliated with Fatah. The volunteers have been spraying disinfectant and distributing food parcels to many families in Jerusalem.