Israel Upholds Al Jazeera Ban With 45 More Days Due to Security Threat

By Thea Felicity

Jun 09, 2024 11:09 AM EDT

This picture shows a view of the main headquarters of Qatari news broadcaster Al Jazeera in the capital Doha on May 6, 2024. Al Jazeera went off-air in Israel on May 5, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government decided to shut it down following a long-running feud, a move the Qatar-based channel decried as "criminal".
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Israel's ban on Al Jazeera's operations has been extended for an additional 45 days due to security concerns, South China Morning Post reported, citing the country's telecoms regulator. 

This decision follows a Tel Aviv court's confirmation of an initial 35-day ban, which ended recently. 

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Al Jazeera Ban

Al Jazeera has contested the closure in court, with Israel's Supreme Court labeling it "precedent-setting." Despite Al Jazeera's arguments against inciting violence, Israel remains steadfast in its stance, citing risks to national security. Earlier this year, Israel also justified the court's decision to shut down Al Jazeera through "national security" concerns, according to VCPost.

Israeli authorities have since linked Al Jazeera to Hamas, leading to heightened scrutiny and enforcement measures. The extended ban includes broadcasts via cable, satellite, and online platforms. 

The ban on Al Jazeera's operations, initially set for 35 days and now extended by another 45 days, could potentially be prolonged further as Israel's government has until August 8 to present arguments against the ban's nullification. 

This deadline arises from a ruling by Israel's Supreme Court, requiring justification for its continuation under the Law Preventing a Foreign Broadcaster from Harming National Security. 

However, If the government fails to provide sufficient grounds by the specified date, the ban may face legal challenges regarding its validity.

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