A recent dangerous escalatory step by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following an “mini meeting” convened on Tuesday, where security officials passed a series of punishment measures resolutions; against Palestinians. One of those decisions was shutting down media outlets, to end attacks by Palestinians that targets Israelis, claiming that Palestinian media exercises “incitement ” that leads for carrying out such attacks.
This resolution is considered as an extension of all systematic violations against media freedoms in Palestine by the Israeli Occupation, particularly, since October and interspersed by the closure of three Palestinian radio stations, and the threat of others shut down, for alleged of practicing “incitement ” through broadcasting news and programs.
In conjunction, with those recent resolutions, Israeli occupation forces arrested editor in Al Fajer TV and the correspondent of Al Quds radio Sami Saeed Al Sa’ee (36 years) after raiding his house in in Tulkarm city north of West Bank, as his wife Amani Al Sa’ee reported to MADA.
Amani said that “ around 3:00 am we were traumatized with hard knocks on the door, and a large force raided the house and arrested Sami, after questioning his name and date of birth, afterwards, they asked him to take all his needed medications”.
She added “ nothing was confiscated during the raid only my Cellphone as they suspected that I photographed them, meanwhile, they didn’t interrogate or accuse him.
The Palestinian center for Development and Media Freedoms MADA, is highly concerned regarding the recent resolution by the Israeli Government of shutting down media outlets alleging of “incitement” neglecting the main reason of the whole conflict which is the continuous occupation and all systematic violations against Palestinian people, hence, we demand the International society to put pressure on the Israeli Government to withdraw the resolution, and reopen of the recent three radio stations that were shut by the Israeli Occupation Forces (few months ago), and the instant reparation and compensation for all losses due to it.
Finally, to end all escalating attacks against media freedoms in Palestine ,particularly, arrestments and physical harassments that escalated remarkably over the past months, and to hold accountability for all the perpetrators of these violation.