Security forces raid eight West Bank media outlets suspected of incitement
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Security forces raid eight West Bank media outlets suspected of incitement

Equipment and documents seized from outlets, two people arrested on suspicion of encouraging terror

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

IDF soldiers during a raid at the offices of the Trans Media broadcast company in the West Bank, October 17, 2017. (IDF)
IDF soldiers during a raid at the offices of the Trans Media broadcast company in the West Bank, October 17, 2017. (IDF)

Security forces overnight raided eight Palestinian media and production organizations in the West Bank, suspected of distributing and broadcasting content that incites and encourages terror, the IDF said Wednesday.

Broadcasting stations Ramasat and TransMedia were closed in the joint IDF and Shin Bet operation. Equipment and documents were confiscated from other media companies that provide services to, among others, the Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds channels, both of which are run by Hamas and were previously declared illegal by the IDF Central Command.

Two suspects wanted for incitement were arrested, the statement said.

“The operation is part of the expanded counterrorism effort, in which the security forces operate against all elements of terrorism including incitement,” the IDF said.

“The security forces in the region will continue to act against incitement to terror, based on the understanding that this constitutes a direct factor in the perpetration of terror attacks through inspiration and support for terrorism.”

This is not the first time that the IDF has raided TransMedia. In March 2016 they were investigated during an operation at the time against the Palestine Today television station that sat in the same building.

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