The Israel Defense Forces closed another radio station in Hebron on early Sunday morning, the third closed by the army in the past month. The reason given by the IDF was that the station was broadcasting incitement to violence.
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Palestinian reports said large numbers of IDF troops in the Wadi al-Sir neighborhood of Hebron surrounded the building where Radio Dream is located. The soldiers broke into the building and stopped the broadcast.
Station manager Taleb al-Jabari told local journalists that soldiers searched the station, confiscated equipment and caused a great deal of damage to the studios. They put the station out of operation and gave him a closure order for six months, said al-Jabari.
Al-Jabari said he had asked the Palestinian Authority to use international pressure to end closures of Hebron radio stations.
One week ago, the IDF shut down Radio Al-Khalil in the same Hebron neighborhood, also citing “broadcasts of incitement.” Soldiers and Shin Bet security service operatives raided the offices of the station and confiscated equipment and documents. Radio Al-Khalil has been shut down twice in the past by army order, first in 2002 and again in 2008.
At the beginning of November, the IDF shut down Radio Minbar Al-Hurriah 92.7 FM in Hebron for six months for “broadcasting incitement to violence.” The army added that equipment was confiscated “with the aim of rendering the station inoperable.” At the time, defense officials said the closure of the station, which has been encouraging terror attacks, could influence the rate at which attacks were being carried out in the Hebron area.