Liberman calls for revoking Al Jazeera press credentials in Israel

Protesters hold candles and a photo of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed while covering clashes between IDF troops and Palestinian gunmen during an IDF raid in Jenin, in Haifa on May 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Protesters hold candles and a photo of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed while covering clashes between IDF troops and Palestinian gunmen during an IDF raid in Jenin, in Haifa on May 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Outgoing Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman calls for revoking the press credentials of the Qatar-based television network Al Jazeera in Israel, after the network files suit against the Jewish state in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.

“It is completely unacceptable for Al Jazeera to sue Israel and lectures us on morality,” says Liberman.

“It’s not logical that this body has the right to broadcast from Israel. I call on the Government Press Office to revoke the press cards of all Al Jazeera reporters in Israeli territory,” he says.

Earlier in the day, the network submitted what it said was detailed evidence to the ICC, allegedly proving that the Israel Defense Forces deliberately shot dead its reporter Shireen Abu Akleh during clashes in the West Bank in May.

In a statement, Al Jazeera says it “will today submit the case of Shireen Abu Akleh’s killing by Israeli Occupation Forces to the International Criminal Court,” adding that its reporters and legal team will hold a press conference in the Dutch city alongside “members of Shireen’s family and leading journalists and human rights experts.”

— with AFP

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