“We are trying to discuss the circumstances with the Israelis and figure out what the basis for this was,” Nuland said. “It seems that there was some kind of a long, brewing dispute, but we don’t have all the details.”
Israeli forces raided the two Palestinian television networks early Wednesday, calling them “pirate” broadcasters.
France on Thursday was urging “the Israeli authorities to return equipment confiscated immediately and allow the resumption of the activity of these two TV stations,” a spokesman said.
“These closures are of concern,” a foreign affairs minister said, because one of the channels had relations with the French government via Canal France International on a program for youth.
Reporters Without Borders, meanwhile, said it was “deeply shocked” by the raids.
“These arbitrary and illegal operations served yet again to intimidate Palestinian media and journalists, the victims of repeated attacks by the Israel Defence Forces,” the group said in a statement.
- Soldiers raid Ramallah TV station (ikners.com)
- PA: Israel seizing broadcast frequencies (ikners.com)
- Palestinian TV station raided by Israel (jta.org)
- Israel raids Ramallah TV stations (alethonews.wordpress.com)
- Israeli Troops Raid Two Palestinian TV Stations in Ramallah (nytimes.com)
- Israeli troops swoop on Palestinian TV stations (independent.co.uk)
- Israel raids West Bank TV stations (rt.com)
- Palestinian TV stations raided (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Israel raids private Palestinian television station – Reuters (reuters.com)
- Israeli troops raid West Bank TV station (thehindu.com)