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Israel’s Lieberman Vows to Prevent Al-Jazeera From Airing in Israel


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Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman.

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed on Monday to work towards an Israeli ban on the Qatar funded Al-Jazeera television network, Ha’aretz correspondent Barak Ravid reported on Twitter.

His pledge came amid Israel’s ongoing war with Gaza-based terror group Hamas.

Fellow Ha’aretz correspondent Chemi Shalev elaborated, quoting Lieberman: “Lieberman: Just as Britain wouldn’t allow Der Sturmer (a notorious Nazi publication) from London or the U.S. Al-Qaeda TV from NY, we will work to ban Al-Jazeera from Israel.”

Lieberman also called the news outlet the “central pillar of the propaganda apparatus of Hamas,” according to Shalev. The station’s Qatari owners are also believed to be funding the terror group, The Algemeiner previously reported.

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It is unclear if minister was referring to all Al-Jazeera’s channels or just the Arabic language channel.

Earlier on Monday, Israel’s foreign minister urged Israelis to boycott businesses run by Arabs who were striking in protest against Israel’s operation in Gaza. He wrote on his Facebook page:

“I call upon everyone not to shop anymore at the stores and businesses of those among the Arab sector who are participating today in the general strike that was declared by the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee as a sign of empathy for Gaza residents and against Operation Protective Edge.”

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