Israeli Army Raids Ramallah-based Media Company for Suspected Incitement

In overnight West Bank raid, military confiscates materials from Pal Media, a production company providing services to international media including the BBC

Israeli soldiers standing outside the settlement of Dolev near Ramallah in the West Bank in March, 2017.
Gil Cohen-Magen

The Israeli army raided communications company Pal Media in the West Bank overnight on Friday. The production company provides photography and editing services to many Palestinian and Arab media outlets including the BBC, France 24, the Al-Quds TV and Lebanese Al Mayadeen. 

Located in a commercial tower in Al-Bireh near Ramallah, the Palestinian communications company released a statement Saturday regarding the raid. It said the destruction of equipment and attempt to steal photographed materials are improper measures, and constitute a continuation of the incitement campaign against the Palestinian media.

It also stated that its goal is to prevent the transmission of material that reveals the truth about Israel and to harm the work of journalists covering the Palestinian arena. "This is a violation of the freedom of the press," it says.

The army said forces raided the broadcast outlet on suspicion of distributing incitement materials. Documents and media materials were confiscated during the raid.