Al Jazeera slams Netanyahu’s bid to shut office

TEL AVIV: The Doha-based broadcaster Al Jazeera attacked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday over the latter’s attempt to close its Jerusalem news bureau, accusing him of “arbitrary accusations and hostile statements.” “The network moreover reiterates that it will continue covering the news and events of the occupied Palestinian territories, and elsewhere, both professionally and objectively,” Al Jazeera said in a statement. In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Netanyahu accused the news network of inciting recent violence over a Jerusalem holy site.
Netanyahu said he had appealed several times to law enforcement authorities demanding the closure of Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem office. — dpa