Israel again shuts down Palestinian radio station

HEBRON: Israeli forces have shut down a Palestinian radio station in the occupied West Bank for six months, the army and sources at the station said on Thursday.
Al-Hurria station in the southern West Bank city of Hebron was closed “for content inciting violence and encouraging terrorism,” an army spokeswoman said without providing further details.
A source at the station said technical equipment had been confiscated during a raid on the station’s offices. Israel’s army regularly acts against media it accuses of encouraging young Palestinians to take up arms against Israeli forces in the West Bank.
Al-Hurria, which means freedom in Arabic, was one of two channels similarly closed for six months in November 2015 shortly after the start of a fresh wave of violence.
The unrest has continued, killing more than 294 Palestinians or Arab Israelis, 47 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrean, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP toll.
Clown freed
A Palestinian clown accused by Israel of membership in a banned leftist group and held without charge for 20 months has been released.
Mohammad Abu Sakha, 26, said on Thursday he was released the day before from administrative detention, the controversial measure under which Israel detains suspects without trial for periods of several months, renewable indefinitely.
He said following his release he returned to the northern West Bank city of Jenin, where family and friends were waiting to welcome him. “It was like a party,” he said. Abu Sakha had been part of the Palestinian Circus School in Bir Zeit in the occupied West Bank since 2008, first as a student and later as a clown and teacher.
He said Israeli forces never told him the exact reason for his arrest in December 2015 or how long he would be detained.
— AFP