Netanyahu vows to expel Arabic news station Al-Jazeera due to al-Aqsa crisis


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to expel Arabic news station Al-Jazeera from Israel, claiming the network is “inciting” violence, the Independent reports.

Al Jazeera, which has long been accused of being bias against Israel, has alongside other media been covering the al-Aqsa crisis the past couple of weeks.

The Al-Jazeera network continues to incite violence around the Temple Mount,” Netanyahu wrote in Hebrew in a Facebook post.

He further added “I have appealed to law enforcement agencies several times to close the Al-Jazeera office in JerusalemIf this does not happen because of legal reasons, I will work to legislate the laws required to remove Al Jazeera from Israel.”

Al-Jazeera has in the past been faced with government censure in neighboring Egypt when in 2014, the Arab state jailed three al-Jazeera journalists for seven years and closed the network’s offices. Two have been released but a third remains in prison.

Egypt, along with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, has called for Qatar to close Al Jazeera.