Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Israeli forces storm, shut down Hebron radio station

Israeli forces on Tuesday morning stormed the offices of a Palestinian radio station in Hebron, where they destroyed equipment and ordered the station's closure, in the latest violation of press freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Manbar al-Hurriyya (Freedom Tribune) radio station wrote on its website that Israeli forces had destroyed equipment inside the offices and confiscated other equipment.

The soldiers then issued a military order notifying employees that the station was to be closed and its broadcast banned.

The Israeli army said in a statement that the station was shut down "as part of the ongoing battle against incitement."

It continued: "Forces confiscated broadcasting equipment in order to prevent the incitement which has caused a flare of violence in the region over recent weeks."

It accused the radio station of encouraging "stabbing attacks" and "violent riots," and reporting "false and malicious claims of security forces executing and kidnapping Palestinians in order to provoke violence."

The statement said that Israeli forces had shut down the station twice before, in 2002 and again in 2008. more

Eight Palestinians shot with Israeli live rounds near Jerusalem

Medical sources have reported, Monday, that eight Palestinians were shot with live Israeli army fire, during clashes with soldiers invading Qotna village, northwest of Jerusalem, following the funeral procession of two young slain Palestinians.

The clashes took place following the funeral ceremony of Mohammad Shamasna, 23, and Omar al-Faqeeh, 25.

Shamasna was killed in occupied Jerusalem on October 13, after the army claimed he “attempted to snatch a weapon from an Israeli soldier.”

Al-Faqeeh, was killed on October 17, after the army alleged he "attempted to stab a soldier" in the Qalandia terminal, north of Jerusalem.

The Israeli army refused to transfer the remains of the two slain Palestinians, until Monday, November 2. more