Daily Israel Report

Hamas Censors Blockade Ramallah PA Newspapers

Gaza's Hamas terrorist rulers allow one kind of blockade, banned three Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority newspapers.
By Hana Levi Julian
First Publish: 7/8/2010, 12:57 PM / Last Update: 7/8/2010, 3:07 PM

Gaza's Hamas terrorist rulers have outlawed from the region three Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority newspapers.

The privately-owned Al-Quds, as well as the Al-Ayyam and the Al-Hayat al-Jadida, were all stopped from distributing their papers in the region this week.

The newspapers were originally prevented from entering Gaza three years ago when Israel closed the crossings after Hamas seized control of the region.

However, last month Israel relaxed its restrictions with a new policy on Gaza, and decided two weeks ago to allow the papers to resume distribution in the region.

On Wednesday, PA residents in Gaza expected to see the first edition of the newly-resumed publications – but Hamas police officers standing at the Erez Crossing confiscated all the copies from distributors delivering the papers.

The reason given by Hamas was that the editors of all three publications had not applied for prior permission to sell their editions in Gaza. All three are considered mouthpieces for the Fatah-run PA government in Ramallah. The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, also controlled by Fatah, condemned the move, noting that allowing papers from Judea and Samaria into Gaza is one way to “break the blockade.”