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Al Jazeera journalist barred from reporting in Israel

Al Jazeera has come under attack by the Israeli government [Getty]

Date of publication: 17 August, 2017

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Israel has revoked the press credentials of an Al Jazeera journalist, accusing Elias Karram of bias.

Israel is moving to revoke the press credentials of a Al Jazeera journalist, weeks after the country announced it would close the news agency's office and cut transmissions to the channel.

Elias Karram was accused by the Israeli government's office of bias in his coverage after saying his work was "an integral part" of Palestinian resistance in an interview.

The press office "decided to revoke" his credentials and called for a hearing for Karram to answer the charges.

"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 Israel press office said in a statement.

Al Jazeera has not commented on the matter.

Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara said earlier this month that Al Jazeera would be banned from the country and the occupied territories.

The news agency's Jerusalem office would also be closed and channels' signals blocked, he added.

It follows similar announcements from anti-Doha Saudi-led Arab bloc, including the UAE and Egypt, regarding the Qatari news group.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had also blamed Al Jazeera of inciting violence during unrest over the restrictions for Palestinian worshippers to al-Aqsa Mosque.

Amnesty International has said Israel's move against the broadcaster is a "brazen attack on media freedom".

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