Al Jazeera banned in Palestine

Qatar-based news channel banned and facing legal action in Palestine.
Until cleared, Al Jazeera has been banned from broadcasting in the West Bank.
Until cleared, Al Jazeera has been banned from broadcasting in the West Bank.


The Palestinian National Authority has banned Al Jazeera from operating in the West Bank and has threatened legal action over allegations the channel broadcast against President Mahmoud Abbas.

The channel allegedly broadcast accusations of conspiracy by quoting Farouq Al Qadoumi, a senior figure in Abbas' Fatah party.

The Palestinian Ministry of Information accused the Arabic news channel of spreading "falsehoods" that would incite violence against the authorities that run the West Bank.

"Despite our repeated calls [on Al Jazeera] to remain objective ... the channel is still inciting," the Ministry said.

According to a report in Gulf News, an Al Jazeera presenter expressed astonishment at the decision of the Palestinian authorities.

The presenter is reported to have added that Al Jazeera was one of several news operations to report on Al Qadoumi’s remarks.

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