Israel Defense Forces, Shin Bet and Israel Police detain five employees of ‘Alsanabel’ station for publicly inciting listeners to violence, after closing the radio station and seizing its technical equipment.
Israeli security forces carried out an overnight operation to shut down a Palestinians radio station near the city of Hebron for broadcasting incitement against Israel, Israeli media reports said Wednesday.
Armed with an order from Central Command, the IDF, Israel Police, and members of the Shin Bet raided the offices of the “Alsanabel” station, based out of the small town of Dora, just southwest of Hebron.
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The security forces seized technical equipment and transmitters used by the station, and they also detained five of the station’s employees.
The operation targeting the station was the latest attempt to silence Palestinian broadcasters Israel believes have fueled violence over the past year.
In March Israeli forces raided the West Bank offices of Palestine Today television over allegations of inciting violence.
The Shin Bet charged that the channel “broadcasts on behalf of the Islamic Jihad” militant group and said it had closed it in a joint operation with the army.
A wave of violence since October has killed 222 Palestinians, 36 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese.
Most of the Palestinians were killed while carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks, Israeli authorities say.
Others were shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes or demonstrations.
Many analysts say Palestinian frustration with Israeli settlement building in the West Bank, the complete lack of progress in peace efforts and their own fractured leadership have fed the unrest.
Israel blames incitement by Palestinian leaders and media as a main cause of the violence.
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