Israeli Communications Minister: Revoke Al Jazeera reporters’ press passes

During a press conference, Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara announced his intentions to limit Qatari-owned Al Jazeera’s activity within Israel. “We are going to set measures in order to illustrate our war on terrorism,” Kara stated. Among the steps to be taken include closing the news agency’s offices in Israel, revoking its reporters’ press passes and blacking out satellite broadcasts.
Al Jazeera’s offices in Qatar Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara announced during a press conference his intentions to constrict Qatari news agency Al Jazeera’s activity within Israel due to Qatar’s “support of terrorism.” The decision came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Al Jazeera and demanded to black out the network. “We are going to set measures in order to illustrate our war on terrorism, on radical Islam and our solidarity with the sane Arab world,” Kara stated.

Kara announced his intentions to request that the Government Press Office revoke the press passes of Al Jazeera reporters within Israel and to contact the cable companies, which expressed willingness on their part towards blacking out the news agency’s broadcasts. “I contacted the Public Security Minister in order to close the network’s offices in Israel,” Kara continued. “I contacted other sources requesting to restrict the network’s broadcasts to open satellites.”

According to Kara, this announcement came as a direct continuation of the decision made by a majority of the Gulf Sunni states, which determined that Al Jazeera supports terrorism and religious extremism. “When I see all of these countries working and we are standing aside, in Arabic, it is interpreted that we are on the side of terrorism – of Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas,” Kara said. “I am the only one (in the government) who is an Arabic speaker, who understands Arabic and my native language is Arabic. You cannot fool me with Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic. I know how to identify how disturbing reporting becomes incitement instead of being free speech.”

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