US correspondent questioned, released by Jerusalem police

Police released the Washington Post’s Jerusalem bureau chief William Booth after bringing him in for questioning from the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. A bystander complained that he had tried to stage an incident.

The Washington Post reported later: “Once the circumstances were clarified and there was no suspicion of criminal activity, the detained were immediately released,” police said. The Israeli government moved quickly to distance itself from the officer. The Israeli Foreign Ministry called the incident “regrettable,” and Nitzan Chen, director of the Government Press Office, said Booth was “unnecessarily detained … probably the result of an unfortunate understanding.”

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