After Israeli Al-Jazeera correspondent Elias Karram’s press permit was revoked, the news channel’s chief in Israel responded and criticized the decision.

Al Jazeera’s offices in Qatar

Al Jazeera’s offices in Qatar Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Yesterday (Friday), Al-Jazeera news chief in Israel Walid al-Omari responded to calls to shut down his office and criticism that his news station is inciting against Israel, as Israeli Minister of Communications Ayoob Kara claimed.

“It is as if we have returned to the days of the inquisition or totalitarian regimes where people are hunted for their thoughts or words,” he said. “If they continue like this, it will reach all of the journalists in Israel.”


Kara Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90/ Channel 2 News

Al-Omari avoided answering questions relating his news channel to the Qatari government’s policies, which funds its operations. “We are a universal communications channel that is indeed working from Qatar,” he explained. “But we are not its mouthpiece.”

Two days ago, Al-Jazeera correspondent Elias Karram’s press permit was revoked after an interview in which he said that “as a Palestinian journalist in an occupied or conflicted zone, journalistic work is an integral part of the opposition and of political and educational activity.”