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Gaza calls for reprimanding Arab journalists who visited Israel

Arab journalists join an Israeli embassy tour of the Knesset [Israeli Knesset]
International Arab journalists join an Israeli embassy tour of the Knesset [Israeli Knesset]

The Government Media Office (GMO) in Gaza has called for journalist syndicates in the Arab world to "take clear disciplinary action" against those members who visited Israel.

In a statement yesterday, the GMO called for the syndicates to condemn the behaviour of the journalists, with Head of the GMO Salama Maarouf saying: "Visiting the Israeli occupation state by a number of Arab journalists and meeting Israeli officials [is] deemed a dangerous violation of the decision made by the Union of Arab Journalists, which has rejected media normalisation and criminalised it," Quds Press reported. Maarouf added:

The issue is dangerous because the visit came at a time when the Israeli occupation is increasing its violations against Palestinian journalists, a few months after the decision of the Union of Arab Journalists to criminalise media normalisation.

Last week, a group of Arab journalists visited the Israeli Knesset and met Jewish MKs, as well as a number of other Israeli officials. The journalists – who work in France and Belgium but hail from Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria and Morocco – asked questions regarding Israel's ongoing occupation of Palestinian territories and its controversial Nation State law passed earlier this year.

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