Netanyahu mulls shutting down Al Jazeera offices in Israel

June 15, 2017 Agencies
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Following moves by Jordan and Saudi Arabia to shut down the Al Jazeera broadcaster’s offices in their countries, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is deliberating the possibility of closing the Qatar-based network’s operations in Israel.

Al Jazeera’s English newsroom in Doha, Qatar. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

According to reports, Netanyahu conducted preliminary discussions on the issue Monday, and Israel’s Government Press Office, Foreign Ministry and security services are also examining the move.

Jordan and Saudi Arabia shut down Al Jazeera’s offices against the backdrop of a major diplomatic dispute between Qatar and Arab states over Qatar’s support for terrorism.

“Israel, along with the Arab states, sees Al Jazeera as a danger, a media body similar to those in Nazi Germany,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday.

Al Jazeera’s bureau chief in Jerusalem, Walid al-Omari, responded by claiming the Qatari news network doesn’t “incite against Israel or anyone else.”

“We convey the news. It’s not our fault if the news is ugly,” Omari said, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

Australia’s national broadcaster ABC currently beams Al Jazeera content.


5 Responses to “Netanyahu mulls shutting down Al Jazeera offices in Israel”
  1. Erica Edelman says:

    Al Jazeera should be shut down ALL over – period.
    The producers and corp staff are virulently anti-Semitic and the programming
    As such conveys not only mistruths but scurrilous assertions about Israel
    And her contribution to the peace process as well as her position on
    Gaza and the West Bank
    What on earth are you thinking Adrian Jackson?
    Are you totally deluded?

    • adrian jackson says:

      Don’t get personal (your last sentence).

      Remember they burnt the book in Germany in the 1930’s so dont be in such a hurry to ban the media and thoughts.

    • adrian jackson says:

      Dont be so enthusiastic about stopping free speech.

      Remember this happened in Europe in the 1930’s when books were burnt.

      • Erica Edelman says:

        As I thought – Mr Jackson you are deluded!
        Al Jazeera doesn’t broadcast free-speech
        It broadcasts falsifications, misquotes, distortion of facts,
        Fictitious video and re-edited video and anti-peace type
        Messages and graphics
        They have only ONE message that fits all when it comes
        To Israeli news – ANTISEMITISM
        None of the above is representative of FREE SPEECH
        On the contrary Mr Jackson , Al Jazeera is representative of malice and freedom of lies!

  2. Adrian Jackson says:

    Al Jazeera (English)is one of my favourite foreign broadcasters, after the BBC.

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