Israeli police break up Fatah event in East Jerusalem, detain 2

In a symbolic move, Israeli police break up a Fatah election event at East Jerusalem’s Ambassador hotel, detaining at least two Palestinians involved for interrogation.

Palestinians are set to head to national legislative elections in May, but officials in Ramallah have said the vote will not take place without the participation of East Jerusalem Palestinians. But Israel cracks down on Palestinian Authority activity inside Jerusalem, considering it a violation of Israeli sovereignty in its capital.

Palestinian media identify the detainees as Fatah’s Secretary-General in Jerusalem Adel Abu Zneid and Ambassador hotel manager Sami Abu Dayyeh.

“We neither confirm nor deny this identification,” a spokesperson for Jerusalem police says, declining to elaborate on why the two Palestinians had been detained.