Israel raids Palestinian TV station

The operation targeting the station's Ramallah offices is the latest attempt to silence Palestinian broadcasters

Israel raids Palestinian TV station

World Bulletin / News Desk

Israeli forces raided the West Bank offices of Palestine Today television overnight and arrested its manager over allegations of inciting violence, Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency said on Friday.

The operation targeting the station's Ramallah offices was the latest attempt to silence Palestinian broadcasters.

The Shin Bet charged that the channel "broadcasts on behalf of the Islamic Jihad" armed group and said it had closed it in a joint operation with the army.

"The channel served the Islamic Jihad as a central means to incite the West Bank population, calling for terror attacks against Israel and its citizens. Incitement was broadcast on the television station as well as the Internet," it said in a statement.

Israeli forces also arrested Palestine Today manager, Farooq Aliat, 34, of Bir Zeit, north of Ramallah, "an Islamic Jihad operative who had been imprisoned in Israel for his activities," it added. 

Cameraman Mohammed Amr and technician Shabib Shabib were also arrested, the Palestinian Journalists Union said. 

An army spokeswoman said technical equipment and transmitters were confiscated from the Ramallah offices, which were ordered shut.

The channel continues to broadcast from the Gaza Strip.

A wave of violence has killed 188 Palestinians, 28 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese since October 1.

In November, Israel has shut down two radio stations in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron -- Al-Hurria and Al-Khalil.

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