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    Israel Closes Palestinian TV Station for 6 Months to 'Protect Sovereignty'

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    Israeli authorities closed for six months the Palestine 48 station, tailored for Palestinian audience in Israel, in order to protect Israel’s "sovereignty."

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Israel has closed a Palestine-funded TV station in the country for six months in order to protect Israel’s "sovereignty," Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said Saturday.

    On Thursday, Erdan signed an order stating that the Palestine 48 station, tailored for Palestinian audience in Israel, was no longer authorized to broadcast in Israel.

    "I will not allow for Israel's sovereignty to be harmed or for the Palestinian Authority to gain a foothold in Israeli territory," Erdan was quoted as saying by Al Jazeera.

    Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation President Riad Hassan called the move "illegal" and promised to contest it in court.

    Palestine 48, launched June 18, was deemed by the Israeli Communications Ministry a means to spread Palestinian Authority propaganda and an anti-Israel spirit among the country's Arab population.

    The channel's name itself is a reference to the events of 1948 when some 700,000 people were forcibly evicted or fled their homes amid the Arab-Israeli War.


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