Washington, D.C., August 6, 2017-Israeli authorities should abandon efforts to close Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera's offices, revoke its journalists' credentials, and censor its transmissions, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Closure of the station's office would require further legislation, he added.
"I contacted the Public Security Minister [Gilad Erdan] in order to close the [Al Jazeera] network's offices in Israel".
He said it is "delusional" that Arab states in the region banned the news network for that reason but Israel has not.
Al Jazeera has fiercely defended its reputation and says it is independent.
According to Kara, this announcement came as a direct continuation of the decision made by a majority of the Gulf Sunni states, who determined that Al Jazeera supports terrorism and religious extremism.
Al Jazeera's English newsroom in Doha, Qatar.
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Mr Netanyahu had accused the pan-Arab TV channel of fuelling a recent crisis around a holy site in Jerusalem known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as the Temple Mount.
Israel has long presented itself as a bastion of press freedom in a region where government restrictions on the media are commonplace, and has pointed to Al Jazeera's presence in Jerusalem as proof of the nation's liberal values.
Al Jazeera said it was unclear when the Israeli government would act on Kara's request.
Al Jazeera has met with accusations of anti-Israel bias and antisemitism for years.
Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler, reporting from Jerusalem on Sunday, said that the request to revoke the credentials cover all the networks journalists in both the Arabic and English channels. "If this does not happen because of legal interpretation, I will work to enact the required legislation to expel Al Jazeera from Israel", Netanyahu added. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has likened its coverage to "Nazi Germany-style" propaganda, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently accused the Arab satellite news broadcaster of "incitement" to violence.
New security measures imposed by Israel after two policemen were killed nearby sparked protests by Palestinians, and the Israeli government eventually removed the security apparatus, which included metal detectors.