A Palestinian journalist was arrested by Israeli occupation forces yesterday morning during a raid on his hometown of Burham, north of Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank.
Ali Dar Ali, a journalist and reporter for the Palestinian Authority-run news channel Palestine TV, livestreamed two videos of Israeli soldiers operating in a Palestinian refugee camp near Ramallah on Tuesday morning. He was then accused of inciting violence towards the soldiers, a charge he denies, and was arrested the next morning.
The Palestine Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) has protested the arrest and detention of Dar Ali, insisting that “these measures are intended to silence the Palestinian voice and dim the picture so that it [the Israeli military] can commit its crimes without any noise…such measures will not deter us or stop us from doing our national duty toward our cause.”
Dar Ali is the seventh Palestinian journalist to be arrested in the space of two weeks as part of Israel’s ongoing campaign against local news outlets. Since 30 July, numerous raids and arrests have been conducted by the Israeli military throughout the West Bank after Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared Al-Quds TV a terrorist organisation.
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Middle East and North Africa program coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Sherif Mansour, stated last week that “declaring a media outlet a terrorist organisation set the tone for the country’s latest crackdown on Palestinian journalists. We call on Israeli authorities to disclose charges against the seven journalists arrested over the past week or release them and allow them to work freely.”