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Israel Cabinet Votes To Shut Down Al Jazeera Over National Security Threats

The measure will embrace closing Al Jazeera’s places of work in Israel. (File)

Jerusalem:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cupboard selected Sunday to close down Al Jazeera’s operations in Israel for so long as the warfare in Gaza continues, on the grounds the Qatari tv community threatens nationwide safety.

“The incitement channel Al Jazeera can be closed in Israel,” Netanyahu posted on social media following the unanimous cupboard vote.

A authorities assertion mentioned Israel’s communications minister signed orders to “act instantly,” however at the least one lawmaker who supported the closure mentioned Al Jazeera might nonetheless attempt to block it in court docket.

The measure, the assertion mentioned, will embrace closing Al Jazeera’s places of work in Israel, confiscating broadcast tools, chopping off the channel from cable and satellite tv for pc firms and blocking its web sites.

The community is funded by the Qatari authorities and has been fiercely vital of Israel’s army operation in Gaza, from the place it has reported across the clock all through the warfare. The Israeli assertion didn’t point out Al Jazeera’s Gaza operations.

Israel’s parliament final month ratified a regulation permitting the momentary closure in Israel of international broadcasters thought-about to be a menace to nationwide safety.

Al Jazeera made no fast touch upon Sunday, though it has beforehand rejected accusations that it was a menace to Israel’s safety and mentioned the shutdown was an effort to silence it.

The regulation permits Netanyahu and his safety cupboard to close the community’s places of work in Israel for 45 days, a interval that may be renewed, so it might keep in power till the top of July or till the top of main army operations in Gaza.

Qatar, which hosts Hamas leaders, is making an attempt to mediate a ceasefire and hostage launch deal that would halt the Gaza warfare.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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