‘It is the main tool of ISIS’: Israel closes Al-Jazeera’s Jerusalem office and accuses news network of working for terrorist organisations

Monday, August 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

Israeli government to close offices of news network Al-Jazeera
Government will also move to ban the network from broadcasting in Israel
Communications Minister called Al-Jazeera ‘the main tool of Daesh [ISIS]’
Al-Jazeera has denounced the decision, calling it undemocratic

7 August 2017

The Israeli government is shutting down Al-Jazeera’s Jerusalem office, and is seeking to ban the news network from broadcasting in the country.

Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara accused Al-Jazeera of supporting terrorism, saying the Qatari-owned news organisation is ‘the main tool of ISIS’.

In response, Al-Jazeera has denounced the decision, saying the measure is ‘undemocratic’ and that it will take legal action.

Israel’s move follows in the footsteps of four Arab countries that are aligned against Qatar as part of a months-long political dispute over Doha’s politics and alleged support for extremists.

The channel and its affiliate sites have been blocked in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan and Bahrain. Israel has long accused the network of bias against it and incitement to violence.

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