Washington Post bureau chief detained by police in Jerusalem

Washington Post Jerusalem bureau chief William Booth speaking to police outside the Damascus Gate, Feb. 16, 2016.

Washington Post Jerusalem bureau chief William Booth speaking to Israeli border police outside the Damascus Gate, Feb. 16, 2016.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Washington Post Jerusalem bureau chief William Booth was detained by Border Police in Jerusalem.

Booth was detained at the Damascus Gate outside of the Old City of Jerusalem on accusations of “incitement” and released an hour later after questioning at a nearby police station, the Times of Israel reported, citing a police spokesman.

Booth and a cameraman were interviewing Palestinians at the Damascus Gate when they were arrested.

A civilian complained to police after he heard one of the interviewees tell Booth she could convince some of the Palestinians in the area to demonstrate against the police if he paid them, the police spokesman told the Times of Israel.

Photos of police detaining Booth were posted by Washington Post reporter in Israel Ruth Marks Eglash and by Israeli media on Twitter moments after he was detained.

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