Israel arrests the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem on Sunday for “illegal” activities

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Adnan Ghaith, the Palestinian governor of Jerusalem, was detained by Israel on Sunday over “illegal” activities. This was the seventh time the governor has been arrested in the past 18 months. According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, “Adnan Ghaith was detained this morning for Palestinian activity in Jerusalem, which is illegal.” Israeli law prohibits the Palestinian Authority from carrying out political activities in Jerusalem. Although Ghaith remained in detention for 24 hours, he claims that his actions were connected to fighting the coronavirus. “If we must pay to protect our people and their security and to limit the spread of coronavirus, then this is the least evil,” Adnan Ghaith said in a video posted on social media shortly after his release. ~

Israel and Palestine have been in conflict for generations with decades of proposals and wars fought. In 1947, the UN proposed a two-state solution, but most Arab countries voted against it and threatened war in response. In 1948, Israel fought for and won independent statehood. Later, in 1978, Israel and Egypt signed the Camp David Accords, a peace treaty between the two countries, but the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) refused to agree with the accords and responded with violence. In 2000, Israeli leader Ehud Barak offered the Palestinians all of Gaza and most of Judea and Samaria as well as no Israeli control over the border with Jordan. The PLO responded to these negotiations with more violence, launching the second Intifada, killing over 1,000 Israeli Jews. Additional deals have been made to no prevail. In regards to Jerusalem specifically, Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it. Although this annexation has not been widely recognized on the global scene, however, the Trump Administration did recognize it in 2017. ~

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