Al-Jazeera de­cries loss of Is­rael bureau

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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 month­s­long po­lit­i­cal dis­pute over Doha’s pol­i­tics and al­leged sup­port for ex­trem­ists.

Is­rael has long ac­cused the net­work of bias against it and in­cite­ment to vi­o­lence.

“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. “Al-Jazeera stresses that it will watch closely the de­vel­op­ments that may re­sult from the Is­raeli de­ci­sion, and will take the nec­es­sary le­gal mea­sures.”

Al-Jazeera’s se­nior po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Mar­wan Bishara noted the irony of Is­rael fol­low­ing the lead of Sunni Arab states.

“Those dic­ta­tor­ships now dic­tate to Is­rael what it does about press and press cre­den­tials,” Bishara said on-air. “Is­rael is tak­ing its cues from Arab dic­ta­tors.”

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