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Israeli Government Votes to Shut down Al Jazeera in Israel

Al Jazeera Media Network has called the move a “criminal act that violates human rights”.

The Israeli cabinet has voted unanimously to close Al Jazeera’s operations in the country. The communications minister says the orders against the network “will go into effect immediately”.

Al Jazeera Media Network has called the move a “criminal act that violates human rights”.

“The government headed by me unanimously decided: the incitement channel Al Jazeera will be closed in Israel,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a post on X.

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Ofir Gendelman, the prime minister’s spokesperson to the Arab world, said Sunday that the decision would be “implemented immediately.”

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In a post on X, Gendelman said that the network’s “broadcast equipment will be confiscated, the channel’s correspondents will be prevented from working, the channel will be removed from cable and satellite television companies, and Al Jazeera’s websites will be blocked on the Internet.”

Israeli cable providers ceased carrying the Al Jazeera networks by late Sunday afternoon.

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Gendelman quoted Netanyahu as saying: “Al Jazeera reporters harmed Israel’s security and incited IDF soldiers. It is time to expel the mouthpiece of Hamas from our country.”

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