Published: Sun, August 06, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Joining Arab states, Israel says it plans to ban Al-Jazeera

Joining Arab states, Israel says it plans to ban Al-Jazeera

Mr Kara accused the station of "supporting terrorism" and said cable broadcasters had agreed to his proposal to take its broadcasts off air.

He claimed that the network was being used by groups to incite violence in Jerusalem.

Israel's communications minister announced on Sunday that he wanted to shut down the operations of Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera in the country.

Communications Minister Ayoob Kara said he plans to revoke the press credentials of Al-Jazeera journalists, effectively preventing them from working in Israel. Closing the station's office would require new legislation, the reports quoted the minister as saying.

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Al-Jazeera, a Qatar-based organisation, has already been shut down in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain following the diplomatic crisis that arose in the region earlier in the year.

"I have appealed to law enforcement agencies several times to close the Al-Jazeera office in Jerusalem", Netanyahu said in calling for the channel's expulsion.

Al Jazeera, Kara adds "caused us to lose the lives of the best of our sons".

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Al-Jazeera, a pan-Arab satellite network funded by the Qatari government, already has been targeted by Arab nations now isolating Qatar as part of a months-long political dispute over Doha's politics and alleged support for extremists.

The head of the Israeli government press office (GPO), Dr Nitsan Hen, said that according to GPO rules, press cards would not be permitted if it could be a "risk to national security".

American viewers became familiar with Al-Jazeera after the attacks of September 11, 2001, when its golden-hued Arabic logo became synonymous with video messages by al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

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