JERUSALEM — Mubarak Awad, a Palestinian-American who has urged nonviolent resistance to Israeli occupation, defied a government order to leave the country today.
The 44-year-old activist said he would seek temporary refuge alternately in a mosque, a synagogue and a church during Sabbath services of the city's three religious communities this weekend.
Awad is here on a tourist visa that expired today. The Ministry of Interior, which handles visas, had sent him a letter ordering him to leave before the visa expired.
A spokeswoman for the ministry indicated the government had no immediate pljans to take action against Awad. But she said that despite U.S. pleas to allow Awad to stay, the order has not been rescinded.