Friday, June 14, 2024

Israel extends ban on Al Jazeera for 45 days

Israel’s Supreme Court on Saturday extended the ban on Al Jazeera’s operations in the country for another 45 days.

The court upheld the initial 35-day ban imposed by the government on national security grounds, which ended on Saturday.

In a different judgement on a petition by Al Jazeera against the closure, the court described the measure against Al Jazeera as “precedent-setting”.

Judge Shai Yaniv accused Al Jazeera of having a close relationship with the Islamist Palestinian resistance group Hamas, and said he had been provided with enough evidence, without specifying any.

The channel, which has extensively and critically reported Israel’s genocidal war in Gaza, said it has planned to appeal the latest ban extension.

Al Jazeera told the court it did not incite violence or terrorism and that the ban was disproportionate.

Meanwhile, Israel’s Communications Ministry said the network’s broadcasts on the cable and satellite companies and access to its websites will remain blocked.

“We will not allow the terrorist channel Al Jazeera to broadcast from Israel and endanger our fighters,” it said.

Al Jazeera said it “rejects all the minister’s claims, excuses and accusations”.

On May 5, Israeli authorities carried out a raid in Al Jazeera’s office, which was run in a hotel in Jerusalem, and said they were shutting the operation down for the duration of the Gaza war.

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