Israel to expel Al Jazeera, block broadcasts & revoke journalists' credentials

Posted August 07, 2017

An employee walks inside an office of Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network in Jerusalem.

He accused Al-Jazeera of "inciting violence which has caused losses among the best of our sons", referring to the July 14 attack outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem that killed two policemen.

"Lately, nearly all countries in our region determined that Al-Jazeera supports terrorism, supports religious radicalization", Kara said.

Kara said cable TV providers agreed to take the network off the air but closing its Jerusalem bureau would need approval by the Knesset. The closure of Al-Jazeera's offices would come under the remit of security officials.

Al Jazeera reported on its website that it was blocked from attending the news conference where Mr Kara made the announcement. The Al-Jazeera official said yesterday he was "surprised" at Israel's justification, and defended the channel's coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, calling it "professional and objective".

Israel plans to ban the Al Jazeera news network from operating in the country over accusations it is "a supporter of terror".

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Israel said Sunday it plans to ban Qatar's flagship Al-Jazeera network from operating in the country over allegations it incites violence, joining Arab nations that have shut down the broadcaster amid a separate political dispute.

He said the broadcaster "will follow up the subject through appropriate legal and judicial procedures".

The Foreign Press Association, which represents journalists covering Israel and the Palestinian territories for worldwide news organizations, said the move "is certainly a cause for concern". Israeli authorities would also seek to limit access by the state's Arab citizens to the station's broadcasts in Arabic, the communications ministry statement said without elaborating. "If this does not happen because of legal interpretation, I will work to enact the required legislation to expel Al Jazeera from Israel", Netanyahu added.

As the Guardian noted, Al Jazeera has faced crackdowns in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, with the latter four countries blocking its channel and "affiliate sites".

"Our coverage of events in the palestinian territories is professional and objective, and the Israelis have acknowledged a couple of times because we are keen to present the views and their opposites", he said. The site saw violent clashes in recent weeks.