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Officials Refuse to Register News Service

The official Corporations Register in Jerusalem has refused to register the “Palestinian News Service,” operated by nationalist Raymonda Tawil, on the grounds that the name of the organization “insulted the public feelings.”

Tawil, a well-known personality in the West Bank, who was under house arrest for an extended period of time for her anti-Israeli activities, heads the East Jerusalem office which supplies press services, especially for overseas consumption. Her organization is not recognized by the government as a legitimate foreign service, and the move to register the organization was probably meant to force the press office to give it such accreditation.