Israel seeks to ban Al Jazeera channel

Employees of Qatar based news network and TV channel Al Jazeera are seen at their Jerusalem office on July 31, 2017. (AFP)

Israel’s communications minister has said he wants to shut down Qatari channel Al Jazeera in the country.

Ayoob Kara, of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, said on Sunday he wants the news network’s press cards revoked and has asked cable providers to block their transmissions. He said he wants them banned altogether. No timetable for the measures was given.

Kara said the station is used by militant groups to “incite” violence, according to Associated Press.

Al Jazeera said it "deplores" Israel's decision to close the broadcaster's offices in the Jewish state and will pursue the matter through legal channels, an official at the Doha-based news channel said Sunday.

"Al Jazeera deplores this action from a state that is called the only democratic state in the Middle East and considers what it has done is dangerous," said the official who declined to be named.

He said the broadcaster "will follow up the subject through appropriate legal and judicial procedures".

Major Arab Qatar neighbors of Qatar - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Egypt - have recently, either closed Al Jazeera's local offices, or blocked its affiliate sites.

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Since many years, and from time to time, other Arab countries, such as Sudan, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania and Iraq have accused Al Jazeera of servicing political agendas and at times temporarily banned it.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51