Adnan Gheith Palestinian governor of Jerusalem arrested by Israel. Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
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Palestinian ‘Governor’ of Jerusalem Arrested, Again

Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital has no doubt accelerated Palestinian plans to seize Jerusalem

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by Baruch Yadid/TPS

PHOTO: Adnan Gheith during a previous arrest in 2018 for illegally conducting political activity on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem’s police arrested on Sunday morning the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) governor of the Jerusalem District, Adnan Gheith, the 17th time he was arrested since he was appointed to this post more than a year ago.

The arrest reveals the PA’s efforts to continue to establish itself in eastern Jerusalem, and TPS has learned that Fatah and the PA are increasing their activities in areas within full Israeli jurisdiction.

A few weeks ago, the Israeli defense establishment restricted Gheith’s movements and activities. He works from his offices in the Aram neighborhood north of Jerusalem and serves as a senior official in the PA even though he is a resident of Jerusalem with an Israeli ID card.

A few days ago, the defense establishment also banned Fatah secretary-general in Jerusalem Shadi Matur from meeting with a number of PA officials, including Gheith, as well as with a number of intelligence officials and senior Fatah and…

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