Palestinian Television Station Shut Down by Israeli Government

F48 Palestinian TV Station
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A Palestinian television station geared specifically toward Israeli Arabs has been shut down just a few weeks after its debut on order of the Israeli government.

F48 – whose name stands for Falastine 1948, the Arabic word for Palestine, and the year of Israel’s founding, which Palestinians refer to as the nakba (catastrophe) as it marked the beginning of the displacement of the Palestinian people – is funded by the Palestinian Authority and was launched last month in Israel’s heavily Arab city of Nazareth.

But late this week Gilad Erdan, Israel’s public security minister, signed an order blocking the station from broadcasting for the next six months, citing issues of “sovereignty” and declaring that a station run by the Palestinian Authority does not have legal ground to run operations from within Israeli territory.

“I will not allow any breach of the sovereignty of the State of Israel and give the Palestinian Authority a foothold in Israeli territory,” Erdan said.

Israel’s 1.6 million Arabs are full citizens of the country, but most self-identify as Palestinians. They rarely watch mainstream Israeli programming, and F48 had launched in hopes of tapping this population as an eager market for arts, culture and social programming that is otherwise unavailable to them on Israeli television.

The station, which was broadcast by Palsat, Palestinian satellite television, was centering its production in Nazareth and then transferring its footage to the PA-controlled West Bank city of Ramallah. It was then broadcast by satellite into homes in Israel.

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  1. Dee Phiant says:

    Satanyahu will never allow peace!

  2. Colin says:

    Wow, what a democracy.

    “What would Americans think if a Japanese radio station, in the USA would go have as a name the date that Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.”

    Uh… you realize that the Palestinians were living there for countless generations? They didn’t fly in across the ocean. And strangely enough, they didn’t have an air force. Or a navy. (And evidently can’t be allowed a TV channel.)

    “In Turkey the government arrested more then 20 journalists and the world was OK with it.”

    Oh, is that what happened? No one in the entire world wrote even a mild, fact-relaying article? Well, gee, guess you got one there.

    Israel, founded in 1948, but when it comes to making excuses for apartheid, there for thousands of years. Just read the Bible, the first and last word in equal rights and property claims.

    Yes, did you know that even if your family has been in Europe for centuries years, you still own property in the occupied West Bank because the Bible doth done said so? That’s right! Planning your retirement? Looking to eat better hummus? The Israeli government will move a Palestinian family out of the way and get you settled! Call today. Collect! Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban are covering the charges.

    And most of all, please remember that just because the Israeli government tried to covertly sell some of their nuclear weapons to the apartheid regime in South Africa doesn’t mean that they cherish the apartheid system model.

    But it might!

  3. John Miller says:

    Interesting how those who survived prison camps from Israel bring certain aspects of that existence to how they treat Palestinians.

  4. Aleco says:

    So, now everyone is upset. Not because of the actual closing but because Israel did it.
    Hey world, in Venezuela all radio and TV stations that did not exactly please the Chavista government were closed or taken over by the government. There is no independent radio or TV station in all of Venezuela.
    In Turkey the government arrested more then 20 journalists and the world was OK with it.
    What would Americans think if a Japanese radio station, in the USA would go have as a name the date that Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.

    Get off Israel’s back. They are surrounded by Islamic fanatics that don’t even recognize Israel’s right to exist in the place they have been for thousands of years !

    Let the Palestinians start by recognizing Israel’s right to exist and stop shooting rockets at them. That’s where it all has to start.

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