Israeli Army Raids Ramallah Media Outlets

IDF detains manager and technicians of Falastin al-Youm radio station that belongs to Islamic Jihad.

The Palestinian town of El Bireh near Ramallah in the West Bank.
Amira Hass

The IDF raided Palestinian media outlets in Ramallah in the West Bank overnight on Thursday.

According to Palestinian reports, the IDF raided the offices of the Trans-Media production company and the Falastin al-Youm radio station that belongs to the Islamic Jihad group, confiscating electronic equipment.

The raid took place after midnight at the al-Tahouna neighborhood in El Bireh near Ramallah, Palestinian sources said. Equipment was confiscated, and two technicians who were at the scene – one from Hebron and the other from Nablus – were detained, they added. The manager of the radio station, journalist Farouk Aliyat, was detained at his home in Bir Zeit near Ramallah.

The IDF said in response to the incident that the radio station is part of the Islamic Jihad group – a radical Palestinian Islamist group – and constitutes an unlawful association. A closure order was issued against the station following its inciting broadcasts, it said

Islamic Jihad responded to the incident by saying that raiding the station constituted harm to the national stand that is committed to an intifada and the liberation process that protects the Palestinian people, land, and holy sites.  

Palestinian radio stations, which don’t formally belong to the Palestinian Authority, also have studios in Gaza and other Arab countries such as Lebanon, so most of the broadcasts have continued. Broadcasts from the West Bank can also continue through the many production companies operating in Ramallah.