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Israel seeks to kick out Al Jazeera

Israel seeks to kick out Al Jazeera

Washington, D.C., August 6, 2017-Israeli authorities should abandon efforts to close Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera's offices, revoke its journalists' credentials, and censor its transmissions, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

"We have based our decision on the move by Sunni Arab states to close the Al Jazeera offices and prohibiting their work", Kara said, adding that the channel is being used by groups to "incite" violence - accusation that the network has denied. No timetable for the measures was given.

According to an article on Al-Jazeera, Rami Khouri from the American University in Beirut, said the plan was "very typical of regimes" in the region.

"Al Jazeera is surprised by the announcement of the Israeli minister of communications in his justification that the decision is consistent with what has been done by Arab countries. namely Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt", the official told AFP in Doha.

Asked if shutting down Al Jazeera's operations would make Israel appear to oppose freedom of the press, an official close to the prime minister said the country accepted diverse opinions but not incitement.

Kara said cable TV providers agreed to take the network off the air but closing its Jerusalem bureau would need approval by the Knesset.

"Al-Jazeera will follow the folder through legal procedures and appropriate legal", he said.

Jordan also closed Al Jazeera's offices. He said "Therefore, I have contacted the security echelon and have requested a professional opinion regarding the Al-Jazeera network".

Netanyahu had said on July 27 that he wanted Al-Jazeera expelled amid tensions over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site.

'The Al-Jazeera channel continues to incite violence around the Temple Mount, ' he wrote, referring to the holy site which is known to Muslims as Haram al Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

"Al-Jazeera had a big role conveying the Palestinian narrative with a high professionalism", said Hazem Qassem, a Hamas spokesman.

The Israel government is planning to take action against Al Jazeera's local offices in Israel and wants to revoke the licenses provided to its journalists. However, it is also controversial within the Arab world.

New security measures imposed by Israel after two policemen were killed nearby sparked protests by Palestinians, and the Israeli government eventually removed the security apparatus, which included metal detectors.