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Israeli Police Ban Palestinian Event

2008-03-26

On Tuesday, March 25th, Palestinian organizers planned to announce the winner of a contest to design a logo for the cultural campaign at the Palestinian national theater in east Jerusalem. But when they arrived, the doors were locked and police stood outside.

"Police arrived at the scene and showed them a warrant signed by the minister of internal security banning the convention," said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

About 50 participants attempted to hold a news conference outside, but police broke it up. They said two people were briefly detained during a scuffle.

"We have the right to practice our culture in Jerusalem. We have the right to dance," said Bassem al-Masri, a campaign organizer.


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