Israeli Army Raids Palestinian TV Station During Another Episode in the Long Sage of Oppression
March 11, 2016
Israeli police said the raid was in response to calls for violence from the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihadin. During the raid, they equipment and arrested the stations manager, over allegations of inciting violence, Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency said on Friday. The raid is "another episode in the long sage of oppression" by Israel, said the Islamic Jihad. The overnight operation targeting the station's Ramallah offices was the latest attempt to silence Palestinian broadcasters.
The Shin Bet charged that the channel "broadcasts on behalf of the Islamic Jihad" militant group and said it had closed it in a joint operation with the army. Islamic Jihad denounced the "Israeli aggression against the nationalist media of the resistance," calling the raid "another episode in the long saga of oppression by the occupation." Israeli forces also arrested Palestine Today manager, Farooq Aliat, from the northern Ramallah city of Bir Zeit, calling him “an Islamic Jihad operative,” it added. Cameraman Mohammed Amr and technician Shabib Shabib were also arrested, the Palestinian Journalists Union said. A wave of violence has killed 188 Palestinians, 28 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese since October 1, according to an AFP count.
Many analysts say Palestinian frustration with Israeli occupation and settlement building in the West Bank, the complete lack of progress in peace efforts and their own fractured leadership have fed the unrest. Israel, however, blames incitement by Palestinian leaders and media as a main cause of the violence.
Watch: What happened to the Ramallah TV channel during Israel's latest attempt to silence Palestinian broadcasters