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Palestinian leadership condemns Arab Journalists visiting Israel as a crime

The Palestinian government seeks to punish 7 foreign Arab journalists for accepting invitation to ‘see for themselves’ Israel, saying normalization with the Jewish State was an “unacceptable and unjustified disgrace,” adding it’s a “political and national sin and an unacceptable crime.”



The Palestinian Authority condemned the visit to Israel by seven Arab journalists and accused them of violating Arab policies that reject normalization with Israel.

The PA on Thursday called for punishing the journalists for allegedly supporting Israel, and said that normalization was an “unacceptable and unjustified disgrace.” Such visits, the PA added, are a “political and national sin and an unacceptable crime.”

The Knesset, located in Jerusalem, capital of Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

A delegation of seven journalists of Arab origin visited the Knesset on Tuesday. Continue Reading »

Israel arrests ‘journalists’ charged with incitement, operating Hamas TV channel

IDF detains 20 in a large-scale joint IDF-Shin Bet-Israel Police operation, with forces apprehending five Hamas terrorist operatives as well as a number of Al-Quds TV employees, suspected of incitement relating to their role in operating the Hamas run television channel, which is defined as a terrorist organization.

By Arutz Sheva Staff


The IDF arrested twenty wanted suspects over their involvement in terrorism and rioting against both security forces and civilians.

The operation was held in conjunction with the Shin Bet internal security service and the Israel Police.

Internal-memory removed by IDF forces – Screenshot: Al-Quds TV report, Facebook

In a joint IDF-Shin Bet operation in the Ephraim Regional Brigade, forces detained five Hamas terrorist operatives in Qalqilya who are suspected in promoting Hamas terror activities in recent months. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu personally bars Al-Jazeera journalist from State press seminar

Israel’s Prime Minister intervenes to block the pan-Arab network’s Bureau chief Walid al-Omary, from attending a free state-sponsored seminar for journalists on the conflict between ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘national security’, explaining that al-Omari incites against Israel.

By The Associated Press


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has personally intervened to bar an Al-Jazeera journalist from a government conference on press freedoms that uses the pan-Arab broadcaster as a case study.

Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem bureau chief Walid al-Omari – Ynet

Bureau chief Walid al-Omary’s exclusion from attending a seminar titled “Limits of free expression: the dilemma between national security and freedom of the press—Al Jazeera as a case study,” comes a month after Netanyahu threatened to shut the Qatar-based outlet’s Israel offices. Continue Reading »

Welcome to Israel ♥ – Expelled Iranian-born journalist gets asylum in Israel


WATCH: Neda Amin, who was given temporary refugee status in Turkey, thanks Israel for being granted asylum after Ankara threatened to deport her back to Iran for treason – ‘blogging in an Israeli newspaper.’

By Andrew Friedman/TPS


Neda Amin, the Iranian-born journalist who fled Iran in 2014 and was expelled from Turkey last month, arrived in Israel Thursday after being granted a special tourist visa by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri.After she failed to show up for her flight on Monday, fears arose she might have been arrested by Turkish authorities who planned to extradite her to Iran. But after Jerusalem discreetly sought answers from Ankara, Turkish authorities clarified she will be allowed to leave, following which the Israeli consulate in Istanbul purchased a flight ticket for her. Continue Reading »

Presumed betrayed by Turkey, Iranian journalist missed her asylum flight to Israel


The Iranian journalist who’s been living with refugee status in Turkey, was given asylum in Israel after threats of being deported to Iran for treason, ‘spying for the Jewish State.’
– The circumstances surrounding Neda Amin’s disappearance are being investigated.



Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem confirmed Monday that Nada Amin, the Iranian journalist who was granted political asylum in Israel, remains in Turkey, and said they were looking into reports she was arrested trying to leave the country.Interior Minister Aryeh Deri granted Amin political asylum Sunday after reports surfaced that Turkey was planning to deport her to Iran. Continue Reading »

Turkish Journalist Protest ‘Humiliation’ by Security Personnel at Israel Cyber Conference


Turkish journalists were appalled at the excessive and offensive treatment they were required to endure at the hands of Israeli security agents at the entrance to the Cyber Conference, just as ‘Israeli and Turkey are trying to normalize relations.’



Three Turkish journalists complained on Tuesday of excessive and offensive behavior towards them carried out by Israeli security staff at Israel’s Cyber Week 2017.

In a letter obtained by The Jerusalem Post‘s sister publication Maariv, economy editor of the Daily Sabah, Seyma Eraz explained that she, Kenan Ozcan, and Emre İzkübarlas from Fox Turkey were invited by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Israeli consulate in Istanbul to cover Cyber Week 2017, taking place at Tel Aviv University. Continue Reading »

Arabic-language media representatives from Algeria and Tunisia in Israel


Israel’s Foreign Ministry hosts a North African media delegation of journalists & bloggers from Algeria and Tunisia in its 6th such initiative of bringing Arabic-language media representatives to empirically learn the truth about the Jewish State.

By Itamar Eichner


Six North African bloggers and journalists have arrived in Israel as guests of the foreign ministry at the invitation of the Deputy Spokesman for Arab Media, Hassan Kaabiya.This is the sixth such initiative undertaken to bring Arabic-language media representatives to Israel.

North African Bloggers visiting the Temple Mount – Photo courtesy

Until now, journalists from Morocco have come to Israel, but this is the first time journalists from Algeria and Tunisia have paid a visit.

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Human Rights Watch: Both Palestinian gov’ts abuse journalists, bloggers


According to NGO Human Rights Watch, Hamas authorities in Gaza and even Abbas’ Palestinian Authority police are silencing dissent and abusing journalists who go against the party line in both Gaza and the West Bank by torture Palestinian journalists in their prisons.

By The Associated Press


Palestinian authorities are silencing dissent by cracking down on free speech and abusing local journalists and activists critical of their policies, a leading international human rights group said Tuesday.

Human Rights Watch said both the Western-backed Palestinian Authority led by President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank and its rival, the ruling Islamic militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, are “arresting, abusing, and criminally charging journalists and activists who express peaceful criticism of the authorities.”


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Future Palestinian State Highly Likely To Be Oppressive Police State


If Abbas, who’s incidentally, now in his 12th year of a 4-year term as president of the PA, condones extrajudicial killings, arrests journalists who report on corruption, intimidate students with violence, and where embezzlement is SOP, how could one not see a future Palestinian State as an oppressive police state?

By Israel Today Staff


A Palestinian university student has provided further evidence that an independent Palestinian state would be an oppressive police state. In fact, it already is.

PA Police

Earlier this week, Emad Halayqa, a student at Beirzeit University in Ramallah, posted to Facebook that he would far rather be arrested by Israel than by the Palestinian Authority. Continue Reading »

Israel’s PM Netanyahu Hosts Journalists From Largest Muslim Nation


Calling for official diplomatic relations between the Jewish State & the largest Muslim country, Israel’s Prime Minister personally hosts delegation of Indonesian journalists.

By Israel Today Staff


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week personally hosted a delegation of senior journalists from Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation.

PM Benjamin Netanyahu with visiting delegation of Indonesian journalists in Jerusalem at the Prime Minister's Office on 28 March 2016. - Photo: Haim Tzach:GPO.png

PM Benjamin Netanyahu with visiting delegation of Indonesian journalists in Jerusalem at the Prime Minister’s Office on 28 March 2016. – Photo: Haim Tzach:GPO.png

Official relations between Israel and Indonesia are cold, at best, though the two nations have long maintained quiet trade, tourism and security contacts.

Netanyahu hopes this visit will encourage warmer, more open relations. Continue Reading »

Arab journalists in Israel for unprecedented visit


Israeli’s Foreign Ministry hosted a delegation of 4 visiting Arab journalists who live in Europe as part of a new initiative, hoping their personal experience will erase the automatic bias, based on propaganda, when reporting to the Arabic-speaking world.

By Itamar Eichner


The Foreign Ministry hosted a delegation of Arab journalists who live in Europe in an effort to change negative coverage of  Israel.

“The visit to Israel was exciting and unique. It is a shame that most people in the Arab world are still filled with blind hatred and prejudice toward Israel,” said G.M., an Iraqi journalist living in exile in Germany. Continue Reading »

Another Palestinian journalist arrested for reporting PA cooperation with IDF




Salim Sweden, a Palestinian journalist who works for the Ma’an news agency, was arrested by Palestinian Authority security forces on Sunday after he reported that the PA provided Israel information which led to the arrest of the gunmen suspected of killing Eitam and Na’ama Henkin on a West Bank roadway last October.

Revealed: Many ‘Journalists’ Killed During Gaza War Were Actually Terrorists

Charges of alleged ‘war crimes’ by the PA and Hamas have abounded, but ongoing research reveals that many of the ‘journalists’ the IDF supposedly targeted were in fact just Palestinian terrorists.

By Shimon Cohen & Ari Yashar


New research by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center reveals that the list of journalists Hamas claimed were killed by the IDF during Operation Protective Edge last summer is simply manipulative, misrepresenting facts to attack Israel on the global stage.

The research center notes that a week after the end of the counter-terrorism operation, the Palestinian Journalist Union published a list of 17 dead who it claimed were journalists killed during the operation.

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Leaked Al Jazeera emails expose ideological decent over support for Charlie Hebdo


The leaked internal Al Jazeera emails exposed a clear moral conflict between the Qatar-based network’s Muslim & non-Muslim employees.


Leaked internal emails from The Qatari-based Al Jazeera news to the New York-based National Review magazine revealed a split in the network’s employees that ran across lines of the global campaigns “I am Charlie” and “I am not Charlie” in the wake of multiple terror attacks in France.

Al Jazeera logo - Wikimedia CommonAl Jazeera logo – Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Common

Al Jazeera English editor and executive producer Salah-Aldeen Khadr sent out a staff-wide e-mail last Thursday, reminding his staffers that “We are Al Jazeera!!!”

Khadr made suggestions for Al Jazeera employees on how to cover the Charlie Hebdo massacre, including, asking if it “really was an attack on free speech,” whether “I am Charlie” is an alienating slogan and whether this was really an attack against free speech and, or “European values” or really “a clash of extremist fringes.”

Kahdr finished by writing:”Defending freedom of expression in the face of oppression is one thing; insisting on the right to be obnoxious and offensive just because you can is infantile.”

Khadr’s email was responded to by US-based correspondent Tom Ackerman, quoting an op-ed by Ross Douthat in the New York Times: “If a large enough group of someone is willing to kill you for saying something, then it’s something that almost certainly needs to be said, because otherwise the violent have veto power over liberal civilization.”

Firing back at Ackerman’s response, Doha based correspondent Mohamed Vall Salem wrote: “I guess if you encourage people to go on insulting 1.5 billion people about their most sacred icons then you just want more killings because as I said in 1.5 billion there will remain some fools who don’t abide by the laws or know about free speech.” Salem added that he thought “what Charlie Hebdo did was not free speech it was an abuse of free speech,” and ended by condemning the “Heinous killings” but finishing in all caps “I’M NOT CHARLIE.”

Salem’s rejoined prompted Al Jazeera’s senior correspondent in Paris Jacky Rowland to write: “We are Aljazeera. Continue Reading »

Haaretz Journalists Arrested for Spitting and Assaulting IDF officer

Cleared for publication:  Alex Levac and Gideon Levy were arrested for assaulting soldiers in attempt to cross into ‘Area A’ without legal documentation.

By Uzi Baruch and Yoni Kempinski


The Israeli journalists who were arrested Monday afternoon near the IDF checkpoint at Tulkarem, after they entered the Palestinian Authority-controlled Area A of Judea-Samaria without permission or IDF coordination, have been revealed as none other than Haaretz‘s Gideon Levy and Alex Levac.

Haaretz itself has blamed the IDF for the incident.

“Their job is to help the vital work of journalists and not sabotage it under false pretenses, and certainly not to arrest journalists performing their duties,” the newspaper stated Monday night.

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