Al-Jazeera's senior political analyst Marwan Bishara noted the irony of Israel following the lead of Sunni Arab states
In this May 4, 2011 file photo, a Palestinian barber gives a customer a haircut as a TV set shows a demonstration in Egypt, on the Al Jazeera channel, at a barber shop in Jerusalem's Old city. photo: AP/Sebastian Scheiner, File, photo: AP/Sebastian Scheiner, File
07 of August 2017 13:07:24
JERUSALEM – Al-Jazeera on Monday denounced Israel's decision to close the Jerusalem bureau of Qatar's flagship satellite network, saying the measure was "undemocratic" and that it will take legal action.Israel's move follows in the footsteps of four Arab countries that are aligned against Qatar as part of a months-long political dispute over Doha's politics and alleged support for extremists.The channel and its affiliate sites have been blocked in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Jordan and Bahrain. Israel has long accused the network of bias against it and incitement to violence.
For starters, the Israeli parliament is on break and such legislation would take a long time to materialize and would likely face stiff objections. Additionally, many Arabs citizens of Israel watch Al-Jazeera broadcasts through private dishes rather than traditional transmission.The Government Press Office, which issues press credentials in Israel, said it has asked security officials for guidance on Kara's request.Al-Jazeera, which rose to prominence by airing messages of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was the first Arab satellite news channel to offer a range of views outside of the heavily censored state media across the region and extensively covered the 2011 Arab Spring.It also was the first Arab-owned news outlet to host Israeli officials and commentators.
This is what the former legal adviser to Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs had to say about plans to block Al Jazeera in Israel. pic.twitter.com/hYAelZLuS5— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) August 7, 2017