Israeli Army Raids Multiple Palestinian Media Outlets Across West Bank

Eight media companies were raided and two Palestinians were arrested

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IDF raids Palestinian media companies, October 18, 2017
IDF raids Palestinian media companies, October 18, 2017Credit: IDF Spokesperson

The Israeli army raided the offices of TV channels and production companies in the West Bank overnight on Tuesday, confiscating equipment and closing some of them down. The IDF Spokesperson said that eight media companies were raided and two Palestinians were arrested.

The Palestinian Authority condemned the raids, stating that the operation's central goal was to "sabotage" those "exposing the occupation's crimes."

According to Palestinian reports, the media companies raided include Al-Quds Channel in Hebron, Pal Media in Bethlehem and Ramallah, and the Al-Aqsa and Palestine Alyoum channels in Ramallah, as well as the offices of the Trans Media in Nablus and Hebron.

The Israeli army said the media companies, raided by joint forces of the IDF, the Shin Bet, and the civil administration, are suspected of distributing incitement materials, and that Israel will "continue to take action against incitement to terror" because it "leads directly to terrorist attacks."

The Al-Aqsa channel is affiliated with Hamas, and the Palestine Alyoum channel is affiliated with the Islamic Jihad movement. Pal Media provides services to international networks, including France 24 and Russia Today.

According to the IDF, two Palestinians were apprehended during the operation, and the Ramasat, Pal Media and Trans Media offices were closed.

In July, the IDF raided the Pal Media communications company and confiscated documents and media materials.