Preventing an activity in Jerusalem on occasion of International Women’s Day
March 8, 2018

The Israeli occupation forces stormed the Rivoli Hotel in Jerusalem on Thursday, and prevented the organization of an activity for Women for Life and Democracy on March 8, the International Women's Day, under the pretext of being organized by the Palestinian Authority.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center learned that the occupation forces were stationed at the gate of the Rivoli Hotel in Salah Al-Din Street in Jerusalem, and prevented anyone from entering it. Intelligence personnel stormed the hotel hall and checked the identities of those present and prevented the organization of the activity in the hotel and anywhere else in Jerusalem.

The Israeli intelligence requested on Wednesday the Director of Women for Life and Democracy, Zuheir Abu Mayaleh, for interrogation at Al-Maskobyeh center in West Jerusalem. She was interrogated regarding the activity and was unconditionally released. She was never told of any decision preventing the activity and was surprised by the sudden raid on the hotel.

For his part, media official at the Women for Life and Democracy Association Ahmad Jalajel said that police and intelligence forces asked him not to document the closure process as well as preventing the entry of women during the hotel raid, and was subjected to a verbal threat by members of the Israeli intelligence.

Jalajel added that the Israeli occupation forces prevent all activities in the city of Jerusalem, in a provocative way to hide all the social aspects and the interconnectedness of women in the city of Jerusalem.