Al-Jazeera 'deplores' Israel decision to shut it down

Al-Jazeera 'deplores' Israel decision to shut it down

Al-Jazeera 'deplores' Israel decision to shut it down

Al-Jazeera said it "deplores" Israel's decision to close the broadcaster's offices in the Jewish state and will pursue the matter through legal channels, an official at the Doha-based news channel said today.

Kara also noted that a Saudi Arabia-led alliance that severed ties with Qatar last month had demanded the closing of Al Jazeera among its conditions for ending the dispute.

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".

Communications minister Ayoub Kara said it would block all the Qatar-based station's Arabic and English channels and remove the press credentials of its journalists.

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

The Foreign Press Association, which represents journalists reporting in Israel and the Palestinian Authority, criticized the potential action against Al Jazeera.

Al-Jazeera was the first Arab satellite news channel to offer a range of views outside of heavily censored state media across the region and extensively covered the 2011 Arab Spring.

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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".

Speaking on Sunday, Mr Kara said: "We have identified media outlets that do not serve freedom of speech but endanger the security of Israel's citizens, and the main instrument has been Al Jazeera".

The move follows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's call for the station's offices to be shut down, accusing it of inflaming tensions around Al-Aqsa mosque, the Jerusalem holy site where Palestinians staged an nearly two-week protest last month against Israeli security measures installed after a deadly shootout.

According to Al Jazeera, the plan would revoke the credentials of all journalists working for the broadcaster's Arabic and English credentials, shut down its cable and satellite transmissions, and evict staff from their Jerusalem headquarters.

"On my instructions [Kara] took concrete steps to end Al Jazeera's incitement" in Israel.

The official defended Al-Jazeera's coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, saying it is "professional and objective" and gives both sides of events.

Al Jazeera has met with accusations of anti-Israel bias and antisemitism for years.

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