Israel Destroys, Shuts Down Radio Station in Hebron

HEBRON, November 3, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army forces early Tuesday shut down the headquarters of local radio station Minbar al-Hurriya in Hebron for a period of six months, threatening to demolish the building in case any of the radio’s staff attempt to enter it, according to local sources.

Army cordoned off the area before dozens of heavily armed soldiers accompanied by intelligence officers broke into the station and informed journalists about a military order to shut down the radio for six months.

The force threatened to blow up the radio’s headquarters in case anyone attempts to enter it during the specified period.

Meanwhile, army confiscated the radio’s transmitters, in addition to other equipment used for daily broadcasting. Furthermore, forces destroyed the entire contents of the station, including the walls and interiors, electric wires, and other equipment.

Soldiers also dismantled live broadcast cameras and surveillance cameras.

Prior to this, a large Israeli military force broke into the radio’s old headquarters before they moved to the new headquarters.

Officers also handed two of the radio’s journalists, Mahmoud Qneby and Mohammad Ebedo, summons to appear for interrogation.

The Palestinian Journalists Association vehemently condemned this Israeli attack and shutdown of the radio station, describing it as a grave war crime.

The association called upon the Arab Journalists Association, International Federation of Journalists and the Association of European Journalists to take a clear position against such ‘terrorist’ acts.

The Ministry of Information also denounced and rejected the Israeli closure of the radio, and said it manifests Israel’s “aggression” against Palestinian media.