Al Jazeera to take legal action against Israel as it moves to shut down offices

Al Jazeera to take legal action against Israel as it moves to shut down offices

The country claimed the broadcaster was 'inciting violence' with its reporting of unrest in Jerusalem and on the West Bank

Monday, August 7, 2017

Al Jazeera is to take legal action against Israel after the state moved to close down the broadcaster's offices in the country. 

The tension began after Ayoub Kara, the Israeli Communications Minister, announced there would be a ban on Al Jazeera in the country and occupied territories. 

From an as-yet unspecified date, the office in Jerusalem will be shut down, its broadcasts blocked, and access and credentials removed from its journalists.

Kara explained his decision had come from Al Jazeera allegedly "inciting violence" in its coverage of unrest in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The announcment was made in a press conference into which journalists from the Qatar-based broadcaster were refused access. 

Ayoub also made reference to statements made by five Arab countries - the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt - which have blocked Al Jazeera in an ongoing diplomatic crisis. 

The broadcaster blasted this decision and refuted Ayoub's allegation of biased reporting, saying he couldn't refer to a single news bulletin to support his point. 

Al Jazeera said it would watch the developments of this decision and pursue "necessary legal measures."

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