Israel Bans Palestinian Academic Conference in Jerusalem

Updated: Apr 26, 2019

In July 2018 Israeli forces raided Hind al-Husaini College and al-Quds University under orders from Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan, whose office said that an academic conference planned to occur promoted “incitement” against the state of Israel. Over a dozen participants were briefly detained and given orders to appear before Israeli Intelligence officers at a later date.

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The two-day conference, titled “The Fourth Academic Conference on the Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem,” was to take place at Hind al-Husaini College in East Jerusalem. The event was organized by the Mufti of Jerusalem, Akrama Sabri, who was recently issued a travel ban by Israel, and police briefly arrested Munib al-Masri, a Palestinian businessman who funded the conference.