Israel plans to close Al Jazeera’s office in Jerusalem and revoke media credentials of the network’s journalists, Israeli communication minister announced.
Ayoub Kara made the announcement on Sunday in a press conference in Jerusalem, as Al Jazeera journalists were barred from attending the event.
“We have based our decision on the move by Sunni Arab states to close the Al Jazeera offices and prohibiting their work,” Kara said.
He noted that the channel is being used by groups in order to incite violence – an accusation that the network has denied.
“I will go through the [legislatorial] mechanism to create the authority in which I can act freely. We will try to end it as quickly as possible.”
The announcement received condemnation by Al Jazeera, saying the measures come from a country it claims to be “the only democracy in the Middle East”.
“Al Jazeera stresses that it will closely watch the developments that may result from the Israeli decision, and will take the necessary legal measures towards it,” the network said.
The news came weeks after Jordan and Saudi Arabia shut down Al Jazeera’s bureaus. The channel and its affiliate sites have also been blocked in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.