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Israeli police raid map center outside East Jerusalem

Though past Israeli ministers promised the Palestinians their Jerusalem institutions would be preserved, the venerable Orient House has been closed and the map department it once housed has been raided outside the city limits.

When late Palestinian leader Faisal Husseini launched his political career around 1980, he chose to work out of the Orient House in East Jerusalem. According to the Orient House's website, the iconic building was the site of diplomatic meetings including German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm when he visited Jerusalem in 1898.

When Sharif Hussein Bin Ali al-Hashemi of Mecca passed away in 1931, the Hashemites — including King Abdullah, King Ali and Prince Zaid — accepted condolences at the Orient House for their father, who was buried at Al-Haram al-Sharif.

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