Israeli cabinet approves ban on Al Jazeera operations in Israel

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Israeli cabinet approves ban on Al Jazeera operations in Israel

The Israeli cabinet unanimously approved the shutdown of the Al Jazeera channel and office in the country on Sunday, reported Xinhua.

Under the decision, Al Jazeera Arabic and Al Jazeera English operations in Israel could be banned for an initial period of 45 days, with the possibility of indefinite renewal.

Immediately after the cabinet meeting, Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi signed decrees formalizing the ban on the Qatari-based news organization.

"Anyone who incites against the State of Israel… will no longer broadcast from Israel here, and his equipment will be confiscated," Karhi said in a video posted on social media platform X.

The move came after the Israeli parliament, or Knesset, approved a law in April granting the cabinet authority to shut down foreign broadcasts in Israel if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deems them, based on the opinion of Israeli security services, to pose a national security threat.

Israel has long accused Al Jazeera of having close ties with Hamas, which the channel denies, and a pro-Palestinian stance in its coverage of Israel's actions in the occupied Gaza Strip and West Bank.


  1. Rachel88 says

    As an Israeli citizen, I fully support the decision to ban Al Jazeera operations in Israel. It is important to protect our national security, and any organization that incites against our country should not have a platform here. I believe this move will help maintain peace and security in the region.

  2. SarahJohnson87 says

    As a journalist, I believe shutting down Al Jazeera’s operations in Israel sets a dangerous precedent for press freedom. It’s important to hear diverse perspectives to have a more informed understanding of complex issues like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

  3. Rachel92 says

    As an American living in Israel, I believe in freedom of press but also in the importance of national security. If Al Jazeera is truly posing a threat, then the government has a responsibility to take action. It’s a delicate balance between protecting democratic values and ensuring the safety of the country.

  4. Emily Smith says

    It is concerning to see the Israeli cabinet approving the ban on Al Jazeera operations. Freedom of press and the availability of diverse viewpoints are crucial in any society. This decision risks limiting the flow of information and suppressing differing opinions. It’s essential to uphold freedom of speech and media independence, even when faced with challenging narratives.

  5. JenniferSmith82 says

    It is concerning to see the Israeli cabinet unanimously approving the shutdown of Al Jazeera. Censoring media outlets can set a dangerous precedent for freedom of press and expression. It is important to allow different perspectives to be heard, even if they may be critical of the government.

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