Paris District Signs E. Jerusalem Pact with PA
The district of France that includes Paris signed an agreement with the Palestinian Authority to provide funding for programs in eastern Jerusalem.
The pact between Ile-de-France and the PA, which was approved Sept. 28 and will be signed this month, will send 300,000 euros (nearly $400,000) for educational and social welfare programs to eastern Jerusalem, according to the Times of Israel.
The agreement undercuts Israel's claim to eastern Jerusalem, a largely Arab district that Israel considers part of its united capital.
"There is very high sensitivity to the Palestinian cause in France," Ile-de-France Councilman Jacques Picard told the Times of Israel. "This symbolic move is certainly intended to send a political message."
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Paul Hirschon told the Times of Israel that the Ile-de-France council "seems intent on ignoring reality and living in a make-believe world." VJ