Police arrive at Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem offices to confiscate broadcasting equipment

Jeremy Sharon is The Times of Israel’s legal affairs and settlements reporter

Police officers and Communications Ministry inspectors arrive at Al Jazeera's Jerusalem offices to confiscate the channel's broadcasting equipment, May 5, 2024. (Screenshot, Office of Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi)
Police officers and Communications Ministry inspectors arrive at Al Jazeera's Jerusalem offices to confiscate the channel's broadcasting equipment, May 5, 2024. (Screenshot, Office of Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi)

Police officers and Communications Ministry inspectors arrive at Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem offices to confiscate the Qatari channel’s broadcast equipment.

Video footage sent out by the office of Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi, who led the charge to ban the channel, shows the Israeli officials entering Al Jazeera’s East Jerusalem office and beginning to document the equipment inside.

The move comes just hours after the government voted to shutter Al Jazeera’s operations in Israel for 45 days, in line with a temporary law passed in April allowing foreign media outlets to be temporarily closed if they are suspected of harming national security.

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