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Palestinian MP calls to expel Israel from the International Federation of Journalists

Image of a journalist after a tear gas attack was carried out by Israeli forces in Jerusalem on October 2015 [file photo]
A journalist takes cover after a tear gas attack was carried out by Israeli forces in Jerusalem on October 2015 [file photo]

A Palestinian lawmaker has called on Tuesday to expel Israel from the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) for targeting Palestinian media headquarters.

“Israel has committed a crime against international laws and the Geneva Conventions by destroying the headquarters of the Al-Aqsa TV channel” Hamas’s deputy in the Gaza Strip, Ahmed Bahar told reporters in Gaza.

Bahr stressed that Israel’s attempts to “silence the free voice of the resistance will fail and the Al-Aqsa channel will rise again with a louder voice to resist the occupation and expose its crimes”.

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The press conference was held on the rubbles of the channel’s headquarter which was destroyed by Israeli warplanes on November, 12th during a recent round of tension with the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip.

During the conference, a local and international donation campaign was launched to rebuild the channel’s headquarters.

Chairman of the channel’s board and a Hamas leader Ismail Radwan urged the international community to contribute to the reconstruction of the channel’s headquarters.

This is the third time that Israel destroys the channel’s headquarters under the pretext of inciting to violence.

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