Report: IDF Raids Palestinian Arab Magazine Offices
The IDF raided another Palestinian Arab publication Monday, the publication's manager claimed to AFP, in yet another step to crack down on publications linked with anti-Israel incitement.
"On Sunday at 4:00 am (0100 GMT), occupation forces broke into the company premises," said Sani Paul Meo, general manager of "cultural" magazine This Week In Palestine. "Seven computers including the servers were confiscated," he said in a statement.
A survey of the company's website reveals the extent of this "culture," including a review on an exhibition entitled "Gently I Press the Trigger" from Jenin-based artist Khaled Jarrar and a spotlight on Ihab Al Jariri, a media host flagged by Palestinian Media Watch for wearing a T-shirt depicting Palestinian Arabs "retaking" the State of Israel.
The army had no immediate comment on the alleged raid.
Last week, the IDF raided the Hamas-backed Al-Aqsa radio and broadcasting network in Ramallah and elsewhere, in one of the early raids in the crackdown.
The move is part of a larger recent crackdown; the Al-Ayyam newspaper group announced last Thursday it will stop printing and distributing Hamas newspapers Falastin, Al-Resala and Al-Istiqlal, saying the decision was made after an alleged phone call from the IDF threatening to close the newspaper group if it did not stop publishing the papers.
The IDF reportedly raided Al-Ayyam's offices last month as well and issued similar orders to stop printing the terrorist organization's papers.
Also as part of the crackdown on incitement, Israeli police raided the Jerusalem studios of the Palestinian Authority (PA) official TV two weeks ago, briefly detaining three staff for questioning over incitement to violence.