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.
On Sunday, Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara announced he would revoke the press credentials of Al-Jazeera journalists, effectively preventing them from working in Israel, and would move to block its transmission from the country.
“Al-Jazeera denounces this decision made by a state that claims to be ‘the only democratic state in the Middle East,'” the network said in a statement….
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