Israeli troops shut down Palestinian TV station run by Islamic Jihad

Published: Friday 11th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Israeli forces have raided a TV station run by the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, police said.

The raid in Ramallah came as part of a crackdown to curb months of violence that Israel says has been fuelled by incitement in the Palestinian media.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the head of al-Youm TV station was detained in the raid.

She said the 34-year-old had been incarcerated in the past for activities with Islamic Jihad. The station, which also publishes material on social media sites, encouraged Palestinians to attack Israelis, she said.

In a statement, al-Youm TV said another two staff members were arrested and their equipment was confiscated.

The raid came as Israel struggles to contain near-daily Palestinian assaults on civilians and security forces that have killed 28 Israelis and two Americans since September.

At least 179 Palestinians have died by Israeli fire in that time, the majority attackers while the rest died in clashes, Israel says.

Ms Samri said shutting the station was part of efforts to stop incitement to violence.

Israel has long pointed to the glorification of attackers in Palestinian media and social networking sites as a major factor in the recent bloodshed.

Palestinians say it stems from anger at nearly five decades of Israeli rule in the West Bank and east Jerusalem and frustrations at not achieving statehood.

Published: Friday 11th March 2016 by The News Editor

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