Israeli Police Raid East Jerusalem TV Station Mid-broadcast

Police hold three people for questioning, interrupt morning show over claims studio has no permit.

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Illustration: Israel Police.
Illustration: Israel Police.Credit: Daniel Bar-On
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

Israeli police raided a Palestinian television station in East Jerusalem on Friday morning, and detained a cameraman, an editor and a guest for questioning.

The raid occurred during a live broadcast of the show "Good Morning Jerusalem," aired on Palestinian television, which on Friday dealt with the Palestinian detainees' hunger strike. The broadcast was stopped once the police entered the studio. The three held were released after questioning by Jerusalem police.

The police said the station has no broadcasting permit, but sources in the studio said they have all the necessary permits, and that this is the first time such claims have been leveled against them. The studio clarified they never received any cease and desist on the matter, or any warnings to get a permit.

Jerusalem police said that "the officers arrived at the scene and detained for questioning three people to examine the legality of the broadcasts. The three presented the permits and were released after a short while."

However, AFP reported that police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the raid was part of an investigation into the content of the programs, suspecting "incitements to violence."

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