Israel bars Palestinian-funded TV channel from operating

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An Israeli cabinet minister signed an order Thursday barring a Palestinian TV channel geared toward Israel’s Arab citizens from operating inside the Jewish state for the next six months.

In the order, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said F48 — or Palestine 48 — television was not authorized for broadcasting in Israel. The channel, which is funded by the Palestinian Authority, was launched in the predominantly Arab Israeli city of Nazareth last month.

The station’s name refers to 1948, the year Israel was established and which Palestinians mark as their national catastrophe, or “Nakba” in Arabic.

Erdan said he won’t allow “Israel’s sovereignty to be harmed” or for the Palestinian Authority to gain a “foothold” in the country. He said the channel will be prevented from operating “anywhere within the state of Israel” for six months.

Riad Hassan, the head of the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation, called the decision “illegal.”…

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