Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Israeli Mil. Orders End of Gaza-Based Newspapers; PA Says Israel Denies Its Rights, Freedom of Press

Israeli military forces stormed a publishing house in Ramallah in the early morning hours today (May 28, 2014) and ordered its managers not to print or distribute any Gaza-based newspapers in the occupied West Bank, arguing that such newspapers "incite violence against Israel," according to the World Bulletin website.

Israeli authorities ordered the confiscation of the Al-Resala, Palestine, and Al-Istiklal newspapers, which Ramallah's Al-Ayam publishing house began printing a few weeks ago, according to a statement issued today by Al-Ayam.

The statement added that the publishing house's managers had received "clear threats" that Israeli authorities would take "firm action" to prevent the printing and distribution of the three newspapers in the West Bank.

"This is a continuation of the [Israeli] occupation's policy of blatantly trampling on the rights of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and freedom of the press," read the Al-Ayam statement.

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