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Israel Closes Palestinian Organisations in Jerusalem


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Thu, 21 Nov 2019 01:12 GMT

Israel closed some Palestinian organisations in Jerusalem on Wednesday November 20th, including a television channel, an Israeli minister and officials from the organisations said.

AFP reported that the offices of Palestine TV, a channel funded by the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, and an office of the Palestinian ministry of education were ordered to close for six months.

Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan also confirmed the closure of offices.

"I will continue to pursue a firm policy against any attempt by the Palestinian Authority to violate our sovereignty in the capital," Erdan said in a statement, accusing Palestine TV of producing anti-Israeli content in which the country is presented as "responsible for war crimes and ethnic cleansing."

The Palestinians condemned the closures. The director of the al-Araz production company that hosts Palestine TV was temporarily arrested, and a correspondent for the channel was summoned for questioning, according to Palestinian sources.

"This is a continuation of the Israeli government's campaign against everything Palestinian in occupied Jerusalem," senior official Hanan Ashrawi said.

MADA, a Palestinian organisation that defends freedom of expression, also condemned the closures.

"The closures were "part of Israel's efforts to silence the media and prevent the Palestinian story from spreading, through a series of repressions against the media and journalists," MADA said.

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