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IDF raids Hamas-run TV station overnight in Hebron

Un membre des forces de sécurité israélienne sur les liex d'une agression au couteau perpétrée par un Palestinien, près d'Hébron, le 20 septembre
HAZEM BADER (AFP/Archives)
According to the ADL, the Hamas mouthpiece promotes incitement and terrorist activity

Israeli Defense Forces raided Hamas-run television station Al-Quds in the West Bank city of Hebron overnight on Wednesday, confiscating various media equipment.

According to the IDF, memory cards and magnetic media were confiscated from the station as part of the investigation against the Palestinian channel.

The US government classifies Al-Aqsa TV controlled by Hamas, as a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist," and states that it "will not distinguish between a business financed and controlled by a terrorist group, such as Al-Aqsa Television, and the terrorist group itself."

According to the American Jewish NGO the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Hamas mouthpiece promotes incitement and terrorist activity towards Jews and Israelis.

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Israeli soldiers regularly carry out nightly raids across the West Bank, routinely detaining suspects wanted for low-level terror attacks, illegal weapons possession, and other security related offenses.

In a crackdown against Hamas, the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas has detained several Palestinian journalist including an Al-Aqsa TV cameraman earlier this month after criticizing a powerful Palestinian Fatah politician Jibril Rajoub.

Last year, France obliged a request by Israel to end the broadcast of the Al-Aqsa television station, over France's EUTELSAT satellite company.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with French President Francois Hollande and asked for his help in the fight against Palestinian incitement against Israelis and Jews by ending the station's transmission over French satellites.

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