Tel Aviv is set to revoke the press credentials of an Al Jazeera journalist over his positions in favor of Palestinian resistance amid the regime’s efforts to close the office of Qatar’s pan-Arab broadcaster in the occupied territories.
According to Israeli media, Israel’s Press Office said on Wednesday that it stripped Elias Karram, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in East Jerusalem al-Quds, of his press card, pending a hearing, after reviewing a 2016 interview, in which the Arab Israeli reporter voiced support for media activities in favor of the resistance movement.
“As a Palestinian journalist in an occupied area or in a conflict zone, media work is an integral part of the resistance and its educational political activity,” Karram had said in the 2016 interview.
“The journalist fulfills his role in the opposition with the pen, voice or camera, because he is part of this people and he carries out resistance in his unique way,” he had stated.
In a statement, Israel’s Press Office said, “These remarks call into question the ability of Karram, the representative of a foreign network, to cover – as a professional journalist – the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in which, according to his own words, he is taking an active part.”
The statement noted that Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara recently requested that “the press cards of Al Jazeera personnel in Israel be revoked on the grounds that the network was inciting and agitating to violence” in a way that harmed Israel’s security.