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Israeli cabinet moves to close Al Jazeera's local operations

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet voted unanimously on Sunday to close Qatari television network Al Jazeera's operations in Israel.

A general view shows the Al-Jazeera headquarter building in Doha, Qatar, May 11, 2022. Reuters/Imad Creidi

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet voted unanimously on Sunday to close Qatari television network Al Jazeera's operations in Israel, according to a government statement, which did not stipulate when the decision might take effect.

The cabinet vote came after Israel's parliament passed a law allowing the temporary closure in Israel of foreign broadcasters considered to be a threat to national security during the war against Hamas in Gaza.

Al Jazeera is the spokesperson for Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and other similar groups in the Middle East.

Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch with Mena Today 

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