Israel bars Palestinian-funded TV channel from operating

The press conference announcing the launch of a new Arab-speaking station, Palestine 48, in Nazareth on Wednesday, June 17 2015. (Photo courtesy: Ynet)

An Israeli Cabinet minister says he has signed an order barring a Palestinian TV channel geared toward Israel's Arab citizens from operating inside the Jewish state for the next six months.

In the order, signed on Thursday, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan says F48 - or Palestine 48 - television didn't have proper authorization to operate in Israel.

The channel, which is funded by the Palestinian Authority, began broadcasting from the predominantly Arab Israeli city of Nazareth last month.

Erdan says he won't allow "Israel's sovereignty to be harmed" or for the Palestinian Authority to gain a "foothold" in the country. He says the channel will be prevented from operating "anywhere within the state of Israel" for six months.

Representatives from the channel could not immediately be reached for comment.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48